صور الصفحة
النشر الإلكتروني

bulls being joined below the neck, and a fore foot of each being added. This is probably ornamentation as distinct from symbolism.

XVII. Unicornic monsters are also shown on Persian gems, cylinders, and sculptures. These creatures, however, are not lunar, but reproductions of the Akkadian and Assyrian evil-spirits, Tiamat and her brood, who often attack the Moon-god. One of them has the griffin head, a feathered crest and neck, a bird's wings, a scorpion's tail,2 and legs terminating in the claws of an eagle.'3

XVIII. A very interesting Assyrian or Babylonian Cylinder given by Creuzer 4 from Ker Porter and Guigniaut, shows above in the centre the Supreme Divinity, having the crescent moon and seven planets on his right hand, and the eight-rayed radiate sun on his left. Beneath the crescent stands the Moon-god armed, “auf ein ungeflügeltes Einhorn [Unicorn] tretend.'s Before him stands the figure of a votary, behind whom and beneath the Divinity is the Sacred Tree, beyond which and beneath the sun is the figure of the Sun-god armed, and holding over the Tree what is apparently a necklet. A cuneiform inscrip1 Vide Rawlinson, A. M. iii. fig. 87, p. 305.

This is a specially interesting feature; the Scorpion, as I have shown elsewhere (The Archaic Solar-Cult of Egypt), was originally a type of darkness. The darkness in archaic idea first stings the Sun to death, and then when kosmic order is realised, guards it. This is the basis of the Akkadian myth of the giant Scorpion-men' found by Izdubar. • At the rising of the sun and the setting of the sun, they guard the sun' (Izdubar Tablets, No. ix., ap. Smith, C. A, G. 259). 3 Rawlinson, A. M. iii. 334.

4 Symbolik, vol. v. fig. 8. 5 Vide p. 16, note 3.


In Archaic Art. tion accompanies. Here, again, we have a scene of kosmic harmony ; Divinity, Sun-god, and Moon-god, sun, moon, and planets, and the Tree of Life, which, being placed under the Divinity, is apparently a symbol of him in his effects. The direct connexion between the Crescent-moon and the Unicorn appears very strikingly. The Moon-god stands upon the Unicorn exactly in the same way as in other instances 1 he stands upon his crescent.

XIX. The Assyrian sculptures show many representations of unicornic animals, e.g.:

1. Assurnatsirpal hunting Wild Bulls (about B.C. 884), North West Palace, Nimrud. Two bulls are represented, each with a single large horn.

2. Assyrian Oxen (Koyunjik).
3. The Ibex or Gazelle. 8

4. The familiar representation of a small Fallowdeer, carried by a branch-bearing divinity. This treatment is apparently partly conventional, but I do not think with Sir G. Wilkinson 4 that the sculptors represented under the form of the Unicorn-bull the Rhinoceros of which they had only heard, since widely different animals are so portrayed. Some represen- 4 tations show the two horns of the Ibex.

XX. A Cylinder, found on the site of Nineveh,'5 shows above the emblem of divinity, sun, crescentmoon, and seven planets, as in No. XVIII. Below, a

1 Vide a Cylinder (A. M. ii. 16). ; Ibid. i. 351. 3 Ibid. i. 521.

4 Rawlinson, Herod. ii. 225. * Rich, «Second Memoir on Babylon, fig. 11.

man on horseback is apparently pursuing a Unicornantelope, in attitude almost rampant and regardant. Beyond this, another Unicorn, also regardant, is standing suckling a young kid. A human figure, apparently a priest, stands before a trident and another emblem. The combination is evidently symbolical, but its signification is obscure. The regardant attitude of the Unicorns is very noticeable.

XXI. Amongst miscellaneous Assyrian unicornic representations may be noticed ;

1. A most heraldic pair of Unicorns' heads on a clay tablet.1

2. The head of a Unicorn-bull at the end of a chariot-pole, on which are also carved two winged Unicorn-bulls respectant.2

3. A Unicorn-ibex above a lotus-flower, from the royal cylinder of Sennacherib.

XXII. D'Hancarville 8 and Taylor the Editor of Calmet's Dictionary of the Bible,4 give the following unicornic coin-types, said to be Mardian ;—5

1. A coin from Hunter's collection. A composite animal with one horn, a bull's body and legs, wings, and human head, upon which the modius (cornmeasure), a usual adjunct of Serapis, whose cult was introduced into Egypt from Sinope. Rev. The Tri1 Rawlinson, A. M. i. 205.

% Toid. 408. s Recherches, vol. i. pl. xv.

4 Vol. v. In voc. Taurus. 5 Vide R. B. Jr., G. D. M. i. 390. The Mardians were a Persian tribe (Herod. i. 125), whose name, according to Sir H. C. Rawlinson, signifies “heroes,' and who occupied the mountain range south of Persepolis (vide Prof. Rawlinson, Herod. i. 345).

6 Vide G. D. M. ii. 122 et seq. In voc. Serapis.

[blocks in formation]

quetra. Here for the first time we meet with this purely lunar emblem, i.e.; three crescent moons issuing from the full moon, in connexion with the Unicorn.

2. Two Unicorn-bulls or Bull and Cow addorsed, after the type of the Persepolis capitals; above, the Triquetra. Rev. The Triquetra.

3. Unicorn-bull sinking down as if dying; above, a circle. The victory of sun over moon, or the waning moon (?). Rev. The Triquetra ; variant phase as three legs.

XXIII. Lion pulling down a Unicorn-bull. Calcedony. Of this example Mr. King remarks, “The technique of this intaglio is altogether Assyrian, and the subject justifies the conclusion that it is of Phoenician workmanship.'

XXIV. The conjoined fore-quarters of two Winged [Unicorn-] Bulls.'Mr. King adds, "Probably to be understood as an astrological talisman, allusive to the Sign Taurus. Sard scarabeus.' The zodiacal Taurus, however, is not unicornic, and the type is the same as that of the Persepolitan capitals, which are certainly not zodiacal. It is singular how rarely those who reproduce these representations have noticed their unicornic character.

XXV. The coins of Samos show a very interesting type ;-A lion's scalp, lion's head, or lion's head with open mouth. Rev. (of the first type) Demi-unicorn

[merged small][ocr errors]

bull. At Samos was a shrine of Dionysos Kechenôs, • the Gaper,' a solar divinity like the Apollon Kechenôs of Elis; ? the open-mouthed Lion being a type of the raging, devouring Sun, Athamas. The coin-type thus represented Day and Night, the Lion and the Unicorn, or the Sun and Moon.

XXVI. The Unicorn-bull, in one instance regardant, appears also upon some Kretan coins. The circumstance of a single horn [as shown on various coins] perplexed the learned medallist Pelerin, who remarked it, without being able to offer any explanation of it.'4 Kretan coins show various Semitic types, e.g., • l'arbre cosmique, identique à l'arbre de vie.'5

XXVII. On the cup of Kourion 6 in Kypros are shown, amongst other devices, two unicorn-goats, each standing on one side of some conventional object, and with one fore foot resting upon it. The twisted horn in each case is near the Tree, whose type is well reproduced at the present time by the trees in toy Noah's arks.

XXVIII. The Unicorn also occurs in early [Egyptian) paintings;' but, according to Sir G. Wilkinson,

* Aelianus, Peri Zôôn, vii. 48. • Olem. Alex. Protrept. ii. 38.

3 As to Athamas, vide G. D. M. i. 247 et seq. Sir G. W. Cox, whose candour is equal to his ability, now agrees with me that Athamas is identical with Tammuz (Introd. 67, note 2). M. Darmesteter connects the name with an Aryan root ath, whence Athênê, etc. (O et A. 55, note 2). The incidents of the myth will serve to solve philological doubts.

4 Taylor, in Calmet's Dict., vol. V. xxii.
5 Lenormant, Les Origines, 570; vide sec. XII. subsec. 3.

6 Ap. Clermont-Ganneau, L'Imagerie Phénicienne et la Mythologie Iconologique chez les Grecs, 1880, pl. iv.

« السابقةمتابعة »