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see hieroglyphichieroglyphic
[Gr.,=priestly carving], type of writing used in ancient Egypt. Similar pictographic styles of Crete, Asia Minor, and Central America and Mexico are also called hieroglyphics (see Minoan civilization; Anatolian languages; Maya; Aztec).
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on his rocking chair, and it seems to stand still for Heriberto's ninety-seven-year old grandmother, who sits hieratically in front of the T.V.
Furthermore, in lieu of Christ's body, the domed baldachin frames the hieratically scaled angel "enthroned" upon the now-empty tomb, acknowledging his role as Christ's proxy and voice--in a sense His alter ego--in reiterating the promise of Jesus's resurrection.
No longer so much a harlequinade exercise in the artist-as-vagabond, de Jong's luridly colored gens du voyage have either fallen foul of the system or taken a last stand, symbolized by the now basketless little girl standing on the barrel once hoisted on an older youth's shoulder, her arms thrown hieratically into the air.
Between the columns, in portals stripped of their Baroque, shelves loaded down with tobacco leaves rose hieratically upwards.