Anatolian Motifs

Motifs are derived from symbols that were used in ages gone by to inform, communicate and to convey ideas. Over time, some of these signs merged with myths, acquired hidden significance and moved into the world of esoteric symbolism. In this context, their use may not be limited to decorative purposes. Due to the hidden forces they are believed to imply, their primary purpose may well be psychological rather than aesthetic.

Here is a comprehensive list of commonly used motifs. Please click on the links for variations of each motif and their meanings.


MOTIFS RELATED TO BIRTH AND REPRODUCTION
Hands on Hips
Hands on Hips
Kilim Motifs Ram's horn
Ram's Horn
Kilim Motifs fertility
Fertility
Kilim Motifs Eye
Eye
Kilim Motifs Scorpion
Scorpion
Hands on Hips - Elibelinde
Ram's Horn - Kocboynuzu
Fertility - Bereket
Hair Band - Sacbagi
Earrings - Kupe
Fetter - Bukagi
Chest - Sandikli
Love and Unison, Ying-Yang - Ask ve Birleşim
Star - Yildiz
MOTIFS SYMBOLIZING LIFE
Essentials of life
Running Water - Su Yolu
Protection of life, land and possessions
Burdock - Pitrak
Hand, Finger, Comb - El, Parmak, Tarak
Amulet, Evil Eye - Muska, Nazarlik
Eye - Goz
Cross - Hac
Hook - Cengel
Protection of life
Snake - Yilan
Dragon - Ejder
Scorpion - Akrep
Wolf's Mouth, Wolf's Track, Monster's Feet
Kurt Agzi, Kurt izi, Canavar Ayagı
Motifs related to immortality and Family
Tree of Life - Hayat Agaci
Family Signs - ım
MOTIFS RELATED TO DEATH
Bird - Kus
 

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