The Swastika: The Earliest Known Symbol & its Migrations
Forms Allied to the Swastika
forming the square in the bird gorgets already noted (figs. 263, 264, 265, 266 and 267). Fig. 297 shows a bowl nine inches in diameter; its rim is ornamented with the head and tail of a conventional bird, which probably served as handles. On the
outside, just below the rim, are the four incised parallel lines mentioned. In the center of the side is represented a rolling under or twisting of the lines, as though it represented a ribbon. There are three on each quarter of the bowl, that next the head being plain. Fig. 298 represents a bottle 6½ inches in diameter, with parallel incised lines, three in number, with the same twisting or folding of the ribbon like decoration. This twists to the left, while that of fig. 297 twists in the opposite direction. Both specimens are from he vicinity of Charleston, Mo.
Designs On Basketry.
The volute form is particularly adapted to the decoration of basketry of which fig. 299 is a specimen. These motifs were favorites with the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona.