CATEGORY: ceramics DEFINITION: Pottery ware of the Spanish Copper/Early Bronze Age of Almeria, as at Los Millares, decorated with stylized designs, especially oculi (rayed sun) motifs. The designs which are thought to hold symbolic meanings.
CATEGORY: structure DEFINITION: The central opening at the top of a dome, such as in the Pantheon at Roman. The term is also used for a small window that is circular or oval in shape, such as an oeil-de-boeuf window. A third meaning is a decorative and religious motif symbolizing an eye, consisting of paired circles or spirals, as on the Spanish symbolkeramik. The design was widespread in western Europe in the 4th-3rd millennium BC. It occurs in the Spanish Copper Age, for instance at Los Millares, and is also found in Ireland and northern Europe in the late Neolithic. The capital of every Ionic column features a characteristic pair of volutes, or spiral scrolls, at the center of each of which is an eye, or disk, is also known as an oculus.