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Iconographical Notes On The Orphic Tablets. Selection Of Illustrations And Commentaries By Ricardo Olmos. Drawings by Sara Olmos

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This chapter presents approximations to the religious world of the Orphic tablets from the viewpoint of iconography. Each of the images collected here establishes a dialogue, sometimes necessarily conjectural and imprecise, with the contents of the texts. The images guide the reader along multiple paths towards the environment of Orphism. Some of them are mere thematic allusions. In other cases, we can see that the correspondence between world and figuration is more precise and direct. The text aims at formulating a mere suggestion of how word and image are related and how they interact.

Keywords:clay images; Dionysiac images; Egyptian images; funerary images; iconographical notes; Orphic tablets; sacred words



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