This post is for Beth.
Joannes de Boria, Moralische Sinn-Bilder, 1698
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Not sure if this has already made the rounds but for those who don't make it onto the Bungie page much:
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A lovely longform article from William Park at the BBC, on gesture and meaning and time. It features quotes from some gesture researchers I admire, and I’m also in there talking about one of my areas of research overlap at the moment, emoji and gesture. From the piece:
No hand gesture is ever read in isolation, with the exception of one kind: emoji.
The Internet has opened up this explosion of informal written communication and there's been this gap in what we can express in informal writing – Lauren Gawne
If you have ever struggled to express sarcasm in text you might have resorted to using emoji to help you out. Gawne says that our written language is distinctly lacking in ways to express sentiments like sarcasm because informal writing is a relatively new idea. For millennia, she says, informality was restricted to speech.
"The Internet has opened up this explosion of informal written communication and there's been this gap in what we can express in informal writing," she says, "An emoji is one of the resources people have taken to fill that gap."
This gesture has various meanings in different cultures, but the wider context can give us clues to deciphering it (Credit: Emmanuel Lafont/BBC)
Gawne has worked with linguist Gretchen McCulloch and Jennifer Daniel from Unicode to include a greater diversity of hand gestures in the official Unicode dictionary of emoji. What excites Gawne about encoding hand gestures in the Unicode dictionary is that they are so versatile. The fact that (like real hand gestures) their meanings can change is useful, she says. An image of a starfish is a starfish to everyone, but a hand shape can have whatever meaning the users want to ascribe to it.
Read the full piece: The hand gestures that last longer than spoken languages
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Summer Series: The Spectacle of Nature
The first emblem book was Italian jurist Andrea Alciato’s Emblemata published in 1531. It sparked an absolute craze for emblems that lasted for more than two centuries. Traditionally, emblems consisted of three parts: a brief motto in Latin or a European vernacular language (inscriptio), an enigmatic picture (pictura), and an explanatory epigrammatic poem (subscriptio). Emblems were meant to be decoded and convey some sort of universal truth about the world. Often, emblems included depictions of animals like the ones included in this post.
The fabulous resource Emblematica Online includes a section titled “What is an Emblem?” written by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Mara R Wade:
“The emblem can be considered one of the primary vehicles of cultural knowledge during the early modern period (ca. 1500-1750), capable of expressing highly complex ideas in compact and compelling forms. In the preface to his Companion to Emblem Studies (2006) Peter Daly estimates that ca. 6,500 emblem books were published during the Renaissance, with an individual volume containing anywhere from 15 to 1,500 emblems. Appearing in both Latin and the vernacular, emblems were integral to the print and material culture of Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Emblem books were published and widely circulated, treating every possible sphere of early modern knowledge: ethics, natural philosophy, politics, science, religion, love, war, and everyday life.”
Qualities that were ascribed to animals in Alciati’s Emblemata show up in early zoologist Conrad Gessner’s encyclopedic work Historia animalium published 1551–1558. Gessner included all sorts of animal associations from antiquity, but also those from emblems such as the illustration of a fox holding a human mask with text that that reads Mentem, non formam, plus pollere ("mind, not outward form, prevails"), which essentially means that the mind is worth more than beauty.
We have quite a few emblem books here in UW-Milwaukee Special Collections! This post includes samples from three different books:
Images 1-3: Emblematum clarissimi viri D. Andreae Alciati libri II published in 1566 in Antwerp by Christophe Plantin.
Images 4-6: Omnia Andreae Alciati v. c. Emblemata: cum commentariis, quibus emblematum omnium aperta origine published in Paris in 1583 by Hiérosme de Marnef and Guillaume Cavellat.
Images 7-10: Emblemata v. cl. Andreae Alciati cũ imaginibus plerisque restitutis ad mentem auctoris published in Padua in 1618 with contributions by Lorenzo Pignoria.
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–Sarah, Special Collections Senior Graduate Intern
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Secrets of the Deltarune
Okay so I was taking a closer look at the Deltarune and I started to notice some really weird things. It’s a symbol for the Kingdom of Monsters, right? Wrong. Gerson tells us “That's the Delta Rune, the emblem of our kingdom.The Kingdom...Of Monsters.” Okay so its the same thing, right? Nope. I looked up emblem and its distinction from Symbol. A Symbol represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. While an Emblem is often an abstract that represents a concept like a moral truth or an allegory. And when it is used for a person, it is usually a King, a saint, or even a deity. An emblem crystallizes in concrete, visual terms some abstraction: a deity, a tribe or nation, or a virtue or vice and can be worn as an identifier if worn as say a patch or on clothing or armor or carried on a flag or banner or shield.
So what does it matter? Well Gerson even tells us why. “That emblem actually predates written history.The original meaning has been lost to time...“ Hold up. Predates written history? The beginning of written history is approximately 5500 years ago. Somewhere around 3400 B.C.E. Thats a long time. And the prophecy that goes with the symbol talks about the Underground going empty, so it can only really be as old as The War Between Humans and Monsters.
But...when was that? The game doesn’t tell us the exact dates. Well we have a couple clues. At the beginning of the game we have a little cut-scene of the war and then a bit where we see a human going up the mountain only to fall down into the Underground. Most players assume that this is you, beginning your adventure. Except its not. Later in the game, when you SAVE Asriel in the True Pacifist Route, we’re shown another cutscene with the exact same human figure in EXACTLY the same position, being helped by a very young Asriel and the silhouette of Toriel. It’s Chara, not Frisk.
So our date of 201X (2010-2019) takes place long before Frisk even arrives. We don’t know how long before.
That really doesn’t help with when they were first thrown down there though. So I took a look at the images before that, of the war. The first image shows a human who is very different from the later pictures. Both the make of the spear and the animal hide-like clothing suggest that it’s probably stone age. The text tells us a very general “Long Ago”when describing how both races ruled the earth together. In the next two images we’re shown the actual war. The crowd of humans have various things like torches and spears. Those diamond type spears are very similar to Roman Pilums.
The Human figure with a sword was interesting though. He bore a mantle (cape or cloak) and is sporting a sword. Though there’s not much detail, we can still identify the general time period of the sword. The size isn’t big enough for a proper claymore or longsword, or even a hand and half sword. Since our figure appears to be moving forward, and we can guess that it’s not in a friendly manner given the context, yet still holding the sword in one hand instead of two, it’s probably a one handed broadsword. It also has a cruciform hilt (cross-shaped) that is slightly curved. The blade is quite wide with what appears to be straight edges (based on two images with limited detail). And it has a very narrow Ricasso, an unsharpened length of blade just above the guard or handle.
Ricassos were used all throughout history, but they’re pretty notable for the Early Medieval Period in Europe. And the rest of the sword (blade type, length, crossguard, and method of use) is very reminiscent of a Medieval Knightly Arming Sword, the prominent type of sword in that period from the 10th to 13th centuries.
So I had to take a closer look at my spears. Turns out, they actually more closely resemble a medieval cavalry lance or javelin. And many Javelins have their root in the style of the Roman Pilums, including the sometimes diamond shaped tips.
The sword and mantle of the figure suggest heavily he’s a knight, and backed up by the spear carriers we can guess that its the Early Medieval Period, possibly the beginning of the Romanesque Period. So that would place us all roughly a thousand and at least ten years before Chara fell into the Underground in 201X.
Asgore was certainly alive back then. In the Genocide Route Gerson says “Long ago, ASGORE and I agreed that escaping would be pointless...Since once we left, humans would just kill us.“ and in the Post-Pacifist when you go back to talk to everyone he’ll say this when talking about Undyne “I used to be a hero myself, back in the old days. Gerson, the Hammer of Justice.” He even talks about how Undyne would follow him around when he was beating up bad guys, and try to help, by enthusiastically attacking people at random such as the mailman.
This tells us that Gerson and Asgore are as old as the original war and both had been part of the battle. And both lived long enough to survive till now. Gerson is quite old looking, while Asgore is not. He explains this by saying that Boss Monsters don’t age unless they have children and then they age as their children grow, otherwise they’ll be the same age forever.
But Undyne doesn’t appear to be old. And I started to wonder how long normal monsters lived in comparison to Boss Monsters. A long time for sure. From the Undertale 5th Anniversary Alarm Clock Dialogue we can learn that Asgore once knew a character called Rudy (who also appears in the Deltarune Game), who he met at Hotland University and appeared to be generally the same age as Asgore. Since it takes place in Hotland we know that it was already when they were underground, Asgore was King and was already doing his Santa Clause thing, and that Asgore was trying to find ways to occupy his time aside from actually Ruling.
In the dialogue he tells us that Rudy began to look older than him. “I was there for it all. His Youth, his Marriage, his Fatherhood. Then, suddenly, one day... he fell down. ... Rudy... I... was never able to show you the sun.”
Monsters can live a long time. But Boss Monsters, as long as they don’t have a child, can live nearly forever as long as they aren’t killed. Based on that, Undyne is probably quite young and Gerson is incredibly old even for a Monster, and yet only recently he’s stopped charging around fighting bad guys. Since Undyne was with him, those bad guys were in the Underground, and his distinction of her attacking not so bad folk like the mailman, means that he was probably in an official capacity to fight crime, such as a guardsman, or maybe captain of the royal guard.
So. Even though there’s plenty of time for a prophecy to spring up naturally. We have a number of Monsters who have actually lived that long that would be more than happy to correct mistakes and assumptions. Gerson is quite elderly and is a tad forgetful, but he still knows much. Characters such as Toriel and Asgore are still hale and hearty, and both had witnessed so much. Though we know very little about the character, Elder Puzzler is also implied to be quite aged and knows a great deal about the “Puzzling Roots” of Monster History.
You’re probably wondering what all of this is leading to. Well with these characters in place to maintain knowledge of history in the populace, then we have an Underground which created a prophecy AFTER it was trapped there, which leads me to conclude that when the prophecy was created, it must have been referencing something older than the War of Monsters and Humans.
“The original meaning has been lost to time... All we know is that the triangles symbolize us monsters below, and the winged circle above symbolizes... Somethin' else. Most people say it's the 'angel,' from the prophecy...”
‘Angel’. This is when we hear about the angel. We see the Deltarune on Toriel’s clothing and on the Ruins door. As well as behind Gerson himself. The thing he mentions clearly has wings of some kind. Surrounding a ball (note to self: Look into possible connection between mythical ball artifact from the piano room and the Deltarune Emblem). It looks a little like the fairy from the Zelda series.
Those “triangles” are the greek letter Delta. That letter has a lot of connections and meanings to it. A river delta is shaped like the letter which is how it got its name. There are a number of maths and science connections. But the two connections you’d be interested in are that a Delta chord is another name for a Major Seventh Chord in music. The soundtrack of Undertale uses these chords to do fantastic things with the tone and aesthetic of its leitmotifs, changing them from a happy or hopeful tune, to a dark and despairing one without actually changing the melody.
And in a subfield of Set Theory, a branch of mathematics and philosophical logic, it is used to calculate and examines the conditions under which one or the other player of a game has a winning strategy, and the consequences of the existence of such strategies. The games studied in set theory are usually Gale–Stewart games—two-player games of perfect information (each player, when making any decision, is perfectly informed of all the events that have previously occurred, including the "initialization event" of the game (e.g. the starting hands of each player in a card game)) in which the players make an infinite sequence of moves and there are no draws.
But why is one of them turned upside down? I started looking things up again. Turns out there is such a symbol. The Nabla symbol is the Greek Letter Delta only inverted so that it appears upside down. Its name comes from the Phoenician harp shape, though its also called the “Del”. A musical connection is exactly what Toby would do. But its main use is in mathematics, where it is a mathematical notation to represent three different operators which make equations infinitely easier to write. These equations are all concerned with what is called Physical Mathematics. That is... Mathematics that calculate and have to do with measuring the physical world.
Why is that relevant? Well the difference between humans and monsters is that humans have physical bodies while monsters are made primarily of magic.
Well I also discovered that the Delta symbol for the ancient Greeks was sometimes used to as an abbreviation for the word δύση , which meant the West in the compass points. West, westerly, sunset, twilight, nightfall, dusk, darkness, decline, end of a day.
All this symbolism for a couple of triangles. There’s entire books devoted to them. And he calls the whole symbol, deltas and angel alike, the Delta RUNE. Whats a rune? Well a rune is a letter, but specifically a letter from the writing of one of the Germanic Languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.
Interestingly... the Greek Letter Delta does NOT qualify as a Rune. In any stretch of the word. I searched for hours. What I DID find was the etymological origins of the word Rune. It comes from a Proto-Germanic word “rūnō“ which means something along the lines of “whisper, mystery, secret, secret conversation, letter”. Interesting. So since its paired up with the Delta... it could be taken to mean “The Secret of the Delta” or “The Delta’s Secret”.
If we make a few assumptions we might even get something like “The Secret of the West” or “The Mystery of the Twilight” or numerous other variations that have different connotations.
It’s conjecture, certainly, and possibly a few stretches. But it is certainly there to think about.
My thoughts centered around the positioning of the letters. The idea that the one facing up represented Humanity, and the two ordinary Deltas were Monsters. With the Angel above them all.
Or rather, SOMETHING above them all. We have no proof that the idea of an Angel existed before the Underground’s prophecy. I like to think it did because usually that sort of thing draws on previously existing beliefs and ideas.
For all we know the symbol could represent an abstract idea that governed both monsters and humans. Like “Kill or be killed” or “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” or other basic idiomatic ideologies of that sort.
Other than the realization that the Deltarune is older than the prophecy and the Underground, I didn’t have a concrete idea of what the Emblem actually means. Just a lot of theories and connective ideas. But there’s certainly a lot to be found. I don’t really know how much thought Toby actually put into this, but he’s quite well known for secrets within secrets. So its possible he knew all this going in. If he’s anything like me, and I am notorious for writing this sort of twisting references within references within references into my stories, then he’s probably at least aware of an existing connection.
Its quite probably that the Deltarune is exactly what Gerson tells us. An emblematic set of symbols that is used to represent the continuing Kingdom of Monsters and has been since before written history. But as he says... its so old that it might have had a different meaning originally, whatever idea the Monsters wanted to remember, wanted to uphold enough to use it for their royal family and their kingdom, a reminder. Of something, or someone.
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Vintage Vehicle Emblem's
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Seven things about India
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Commission for @nerfherder-han ♡＾▽＾♡
It second time I did artwork like this for you! I still have to work on varying the appearance of the characters but I guess I'm on the right track ♡
Byakuya and Kazue
PLEASE DO NOT REPOST WITHOUT MY or OWNER PERMISSION!
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So recently I’ve been messing around on this site making Emblems for a few for my friends for their Ocs on the Oscar Protection Squad and I decided to make some random ones and post them here.
Anyone who wants to use them for their own OCs, your more then welcome to do so
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Joannes de Boria, Moralische Sinn-Bilder, 1698
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Very excite for Bungie’s trans emblem in November
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DAWN emblems finished!
these are for my RWBY ocs! i cant wait to finish the poster, draw some chibis, plan the story plot and design more characters! =D
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*Hands you these two Edits that I did.*
Tf are these called again?? Oh it's called Emblems.
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The three main emblems, Dawn - Lotus, Twilight - Moonflower, Night - Night Queen
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Team RWBY Stylized Emblems ❤️🤍🖤💛
These are the first in a series I’m doing of RWBY emblems - all available for purchase in my shop! Next up will be team JNPR!💛💖❤️💚
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Frederik Ottens (active 1717-70), ''Het groot natuur- en zedekundigh werelttoneel, of, Woordenboek'', 1743
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ul. Floriańska 24
kamienica Podedzwony, XIV w.
foto z 10 lipca 2019
XVI-wieczne godło kamienicy zostało odnowione wraz z całym budynkiem w 1830 r. Dzisiaj nosi inicjały dwóch kolejnych właścicieli z XIX w. - Weissa i Krzyżanowskiego.
24 Floriańska St.
House under the Bells, 14th c.
taken on 10 July 2019
The house's emblem dates back to the 16th c. It was remade together with the whole building in 1830. Today it shows the initials of the house's two consecutive owners in 19th c. - Weiss and Krzyżanowski.
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Sander Sides Wrist Tattoos 2.0 !!
ssoooo @astro-flowers spurred me on to create Remus’ Tattoo design~ ssoo i thought I would update everyone else too! (I put them in the order of the rainbow!)
Roman- His emblem of a shield with a sun
Deceit- His emblem of a two headed snake... his design kinda broke the one-line rule... I had to add little snek tongues or it wouldn’t feel right!
Remus- His emblem of a tentacle sword (shown on Thomas’ Livestream)
Patton- still a heart, but REVISED! I added a little bubble and redrew the heart to look like two arms giving a hug (or two hands holding a heart, either way)
Logan- His v serious tie, but REVISED! I had added a little detail, partly to show the diagonal design of his tie, but maybe to also demonstrate his ability to ‘fill in the blanks’ and be the missing piece of a conversation.
Virgil- His emblem of a storm cloud with a lightning bolt.
In this revision, I made the designs go up the arm instead of across the wrist, thought it would be cooler to show how each side is one of a whole... an entirely single line, slightly influenced to be a different shape and purpose.
for those that want to get a tattoo or just doodle on your arm (lol, be safe): feel free to organize them as you please! in any order or orientation
Some guides on how to draw them as a single line:
^^^^^Starting from the top with Roman ^^^^^
^^^^^Starting with Virgil^^^^^
@justyourcasuallysufferingdad @virgiliananxiety @may-u @callmetea @omegatomato @i-really-dig-the-purple @grumpymoonbird @bassacaglia @stormblessedcastiel @virgilsandersisbae @katie-the-noble-fangirl @loveyatothemoonandback @logan-exe @sidespromptblog @cyberpunkjinx
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