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By M.D., By Thomas Inman

The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has brought on the writer to make it extra entire than it used to be initially. however it couldn't be made excellent with no being elevated right into a quantity whose dimension will be incompatible with cheapness. while each determine would offer a textual content for an extended discourse, an in depth consciousness is needed lest an outline could be constructed right into a dissertation. during this paintings, the writer is obliged to restrict himself to the reason of symbols, and can't release out into old and smooth faiths, other than in as far as they're typified via convinced traditional indicators.

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On the pyramidal portion of the gem the four sides are ornamented by figures—three represent animals remarkable for their salacity, and the fourth represents Bel and Ishtar in conjunction, in a fashion which can be more easily imagined than described in the mother tongue. , lines 1256, seq. Fig 4. , fig. 10. It is the reverse of a bronze coin of Vespasian, struck in the 6 island of Cyprus, and represents the conical stone, under whose form Venus was worshipped at Paphos, of which Tacitus remarks, Hist.

Fig. 3 contains, whilst a kakodæmon would be a “spoil sport,” and would make the erected serpents drop rather than remain in their glory. These matters are apparently of small importance, but, when one is studying the signification of symbolical language, he has to pay as close an attention, and extend the net of observation over as wide a sea as a scholar does when endeavouring to decipher some language written in long- xxxix forgotten characters, and some divergence of opinion between independent observers sharpens the intellect more than it tries the temper.

V. ” Another equally vulgar way of describing men is to be found in 1 Kings xiv. 10. But xxxi these observations would not serve us much in symbolism did we not know that they were associated with certain euphemisms by which when one thing is said another is intended; for an illustration let us take Isaiah vii. 20, and ask what is meant by the phrase, “the hair of the feet” ? It is certain that the feet are never hairy, and consequently can never be shaved. Again, when we find in Gen. xlix. 10, “the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,” and compare this with Deut.

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