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1. Attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god.
2. Use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.

zo′o·mor′phic adj.


(ˌzoʊ əˈmɔr fɪk)

1. of or pertaining to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal.
2. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms.
3. representing or using animal forms.


[ˌzəʊəʊˈmɒːfɪk] ADJzoomórfico


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A feature of the national carpet ornament is the use of images of plant, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and abstract geometric forms.
The exterior walls are decorated with a series of important heads: zoomorphic faces carved in stone that guard the temple.
Just above this panel are three scenes: the first two show him in his Matsya avatar (a zoomorphic fish) depicting him as killing demons who stole the vedas and the third panel represents him as a liberator - and he is shown saving or protecting the elephant Gajendra from the clutches of Makara the crocodile.
A I am currently working on sculptures for an exhibition in Cardiff in January - zoomorphic forms.
Mexican Day of the Dead artifacts (with family altars dedicated to dead ancestors with flowers, food, incense, religious figurines, and photographs), Mayan Hieroglyphics carved in stone, myths of transformation often with zoomorphic attributes, sculptures and paintings of woman as divine from India, the Hindu god Krishna configured as a flute player (without the actual flute), ritual Chinese burial ware adorned with swirling clouds and mythical beasts (from one of the world's oldest civilizations) to appease the gods and ancestral spirits, and clay ocarinas performed for ritual dancing and ceremonies throughout Mexico and Central America are among the many symbolic objects used in rituals around the world.
Pirotkilims is based on various, mostly vegetable and, to a lesser extent, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and figurative motifs.
This can be correlated with animal names some tribes still have, for example "Asad ([phrase omitted]), and this name would be due to the presence of ancient zoomorphic beliefs.
The phenomenon in question can be interpreted as a zoomorphic transformation, of the warrior as a predator, which was manifested in material culture through the use of animal skins (9) and by iconographic human-animal representations.
Dagger with zoomorphic hilt, second half of the 16th century, India, Deccan, Bijapur or Golconda, gilded copper hilt Inlaid with rubles, steel blade, length 39.
The aesthetics of the animated object thus rests on the nature of the simulacrum: it is not an anthropomorphic or zoomorphic representation of a living creature, but rather of a subjective illusion mainly produced by the movements and reactions of abstract metallic forms.
A bronze oil lamp from 12th Century Iran, a bronze tap from 11th Century Egypt, an ewer in the form of a cat on a fritware piece from Iran, circa 1200, a 17th Century bronze ewer from India, a bronze zoomorphic figurine with copper inlay from 12th Century Iran, and a bronze incense burner in the former of a lion from 12th Century Iran or Central Asia, were some of the objects that MIA had pitched in with.