Friday, March 25, 2016

Frescoes in Onua

There are three main categories of frescoes to be seen among the ruins, those of a mythological nature, depictions of day-to-day life, and more stylized depictions of rituals or historical events. If one pays attention to their styles the three distinctions are obvious. Mythic images are done in a flat two dimensional view in a palette without any reds. Daily life scenes are done in perspective but without the use of pure blue (blended greens are permitted). The third catagory, known as "standing images", tend to incorporate didactic text in ornate cursive script.

Example murals: type one, The myth of the wooing of Ûlah. type two, examples of The Clay diggers trade and votive images honouring members of the surgeons guild. Type three, detailed depictions of burial rites  and oath making ceremonies.