Motif 1: Components and Forms
Motif 1 is a zoomorph or an anthropomorph, composed of a head, a body (usually) and one or two pairs of appendages. A variety of head, body and appendage styles are found in Motif 1. This motif occurs in three forms: Basic, Reduced and Joined.
The head can be triangular, T-shaped, and triangular or T-shaped overlain with vertical or horizontal parallel lines. The head is usually paint-filled, but occasionally dot-filled.
The body can be rectangular, triangular or hexagonal. The triangular body is usually paint-filled; other shapes can be either unfilled or filled with dots or lines.
Appendages are most often paint-filled right triangles. The hypotenuse can be either plain or trimmed with parallel lines. As shown in the forms below, the appendages appear to serve the function of wings and/or legs. Rarely, appendages appear as stick limbs with digits.
The Basic form displays a head, a body, and two sets of appendages.
Type 1 Type 2
The Reduced form Type 1 is assumed to have a narrow upright rectangular body, as indicated by the dashed white lines. Attached to this body are a pair of appendages which appear to function as wings. Type 2 displays a head, a body and a pair of appendages which appear to function as legs.
The Joined form displays two heads, one body and two sets of appendages. The two heads share the body and appendages.