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- adj. Represented by pictures
- adj. Of or pertaining to pictographs
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to pictography, or the use of pictographs or pictorial signs in recording events or expressing thought; of the nature of or composed of pictographs: as, pictographic manuscripts.
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- adj. consisting of or characterized by the use of pictographs
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In his work on the peopling of colonial North America, Bernard Bailyn describes, in pictographic terms, the experience of voyagers on the Hector, a ship that carried 189 passengers from Scotland to the north shores of Nova Scotia during the summer of 1773.
Beyer, however, points out several representations of the face of Tonatiuh as the sun in pictographic codices of central Mexico that show the same configuration as the Sun Stone, including the surrounding Glyph 4 Movement (Nahui Ollin).
Originally conceived as a graphic novel in the pictographic format of the surviving Mayan codices, the project -- eight years in the making -- consisted of over 100 illustrations by Malcolm McNeill, 30 in full color and about 50 pages of text.
Many of my own drawings since college days have looked like language: pictographic, hieroglyphic, calligraphic, etc..
However, in the evolution of written language there is often a stage in which the script version of the letter evolves from a pictographic version of the letter, and is therefore not quite so arbitrary.
By the 2nd millennium BC, Mesopotamian script changed from pictographic to cuneiform writing (wedge shaped signs representing sounds instead of objects), and by around 2000BC the first true alphabetic system (where a phoneme is represented by a letter) appeared.
When a culture maintains its oral traditions, it holds onto its collective mode of thought, whereas a simplified form of writing “greatly facilitates the process [of individuation/urbanization] by moving away from the pictographic image to more efficient abstract modes of thought.”
Even written language evolved from pictographic expression.
In that sense, the curtain fits neatly into the pictographic mode that Gottlieb used prior to his later grand, formal and fully abstract paintings.
The ex-voto of Doña Luisana, with which I opened this chapter, not only gives us a pictographic starting point for imaging the experience of a smallpox victim, but also poignantly affirms the old adage that every statistic conceals real personal misfortune.