THE DIVISION BELL Page 8-9 (OTTO IN RED)
- A RED MOON
- DEAN MOOR
- DEAN ROOM
- DEAR MOON
- READ MOON
- O DREAM ON
SAND +RED FACING EELS/WHALES/DOLPHINS?
SAND = SABLE (BLACK)
OCHRE = GULES
SHELLFISH = MUREX
maroon = purple made of seashells - DEEP PURPLE...
Maroon = HTML CODE #800000
red ochre, (purpura) TYRIA ROCK SHELL, DOG WHELK
seashell symbolism: resurrection (>COMING BACK TO LIFE?)
SAND BED - STELLA MARIS? - Something coloured in red? > otto is the only page number in red.
Anagram: A RED MOON.
EYE - OTTO - OCTOGON - RED-PURPLE-scarlet-MUREX - PATTERN
Sources of Purple Dye
"In order to understand why a particular color of clothing would have conveyed such prestige it is necessary to learn a little bit about the history of this particular dye. At one time, dyes, such as purple, scarlet, yellow and indigo were made from natural plant, animal and mineral products. The products were often dried, pulverized and then mixed with liquids in order to form dyes for clothing and other textiles. (Today, many dyes for clothing are made synthetically in laboratories, through chemical processes involving products such as aniline.)
The purple dye used in ancient religious and royal robes most likely came from one of several types of shellfish: a) Murex brandaris, b) Murex trunculus, c) Helix ianthina, d) Purpura lapillus, or perhaps e) Purpura haemastoma. One legend suggests that the dye was discovered by Helen of Troy, who when strolling along the beach to pass the time while in captivity, noticed that her dog had chewed into a large shellfish and its mouth had become purple as a result (Jensen 1963: 106).
The two chief sources for this purple dye are Murex trunculus and Murex brandaris, and the shades of dye produced these sources can range from bright red, to blue, and to deep, almost black, purple. The dye extracted from these shellfish is extremely valuable (hence the prestige associated with purple clothing), since it's not only rare but also costly to produce. Only a few drops of the liquid used to make the dye can be extracted from each shellfish, and, according to one recipe, in order to dye 1,000 pounds of wool, 111 pounds of the Murex secretion and 200 pounds of the Purpura secretion were required (Stieglitz 1994: 46). According to Renata Pompas, "it was necessary to have 12,000 murex or molluscs for 1.4 grams of pigment, scarcely enough for dying a single dress the size of the Roman toga." It is no wonder then, that this dye was used primarily to treat the garments of wealthy or privileged individuals."