picture writing


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picture writing

n
1. (Linguistics) any writing system that uses pictographs
2. (Linguistics) a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures

pic′ture writ`ing


n.
a method or system of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures or pictorial symbols.
[1735–45]
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orthography, writing system - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
References in classic literature ?
There it was, heroic in size, a picture writing on the sun.
What was the system of picture writing used by the ancient Egyptians in monumental inscriptions?
Here Ewers presents 15 essays and articles about the Plains Indian traditions he found particularly fascinating, including images of the white man in nineteenth century Plains Indian art, the emergence of the named Indian artists in the American west, images of bears, weasels, water monsters, and Spanish cattle in Plains art, Blackfeet picture writing, effigy pipes, pipes for Presidents, Assiniboin antelope-horn headdresses, and collaborations between Plains artists and anthropologists.
There is a chapter on Blackfeet picture writing, a special chapter on pipes for the presidents, and also a chapter on Assiniboin antelope-horn headdresses, with detailed color and black and white photos.