Egyptian symbol from the lintel of a Theban temple of fifteenth
more conventionalized Babylonian form.
American (Maya) lintels.
In the upper
one (from Ococingo) the reversal of the two wings has necessitated
a reinterpretation of the conventionalized head ( C ) and tail
( T ) of the Cobra in the original Egyptian design. (The latter
is taken form Dr.A.P. Maudslays representation of what
he calls the serpent-bird from the wooden lintel of a temple
studies of Maya art, Dr. Maudslay arrived at the conclusion
that the geometrical design above, and including the tail (
T ), represents a serpents head upside down without
with Indonesian designs, the writer arrived at the same conclusion.
The loss of the jaw in the conventionalization of the serpent
occurred in India and was emphasized in Java (Fig.49), and in
that form adopted in America.
History by G. Elliot Smith