Representations of Indian warriors wearing "trade coats" often appear in early pictographic
Naive drawings of this period.
The collection also includes a large number of pictographic
and cuneiform tablets, which are some of the earliest known written documents - seals and royal inscription spanning most of the written history of Mesopotamia, an area near modern Iraq.
Graphic novices will enjoy Christine Ferguson's piece on Victorian literature, steampunk, and Alan Moore; postmodern theorists will appreciate Anthony Baker's analysis of "Chris Ware's Postmodern Pictographic
Experiments," and cultural historians will find Brian Tucker's application of Gotthold Lessing's 1766 essay "Laocoon" to comics theory both provocative and engaging.
Plains Indian pictographic
paintings of war deeds executed on hide robes, warshirts, tipi liners, and tipi covers comprise one of the great bodies of indigenous art and historical record-keeping.
It includes a few maps, a limited amount of quantitative information, and a few interesting images of colonial sources, like the Lienzo of Analco (a pictographic
history of the conquest produced by indigenous peoples).
The book includes a map of the site of the battle at Little Bighorn, an Indian pictographic
view of the battle, images of the key players, and suggested further reading.
Keith Haring's pictographic
art, much like the Chinese or Egyptian language, comprises a world of symbols that speak about the drama of modern life, such as terror, horror and nuclear power.
I learned that what I had assumed to be an early pictographic
script had itself originated in the interpretation of puzzling symbols which represented absolutely nothing.
Exploring the influence of the cultures that preceded the Aztecs (Xochicalco and Tula), The Aztecs reveals breakthroughs in hieroglyphic cryptology (pictographic
and phonetic elements combine in Aztec script similar to conventions in Classic Maya writing) and delves into what the latest discoveries (such as that of the twelve-ton monolith of the goddess Tlaltecuhtli) have to tell us about the Aztecs.
Champollion's phonetic Egyptian was slow to find traction because hieroglyphs had so long been understood to function as secret pictographic
codes rather than an alphabetic system.
Dongba is the name of their pictographic
language and also the term for wise elders in the Naxi culture.