I understand your position,
and agree that ther might be
a way to differentiate the bags
from their use in local iconography.
"Regarding Egypt, the later examples of seed bags are by default "similar" because they are "bags with handles", but unlike Mesopotamia and South/Meso America they are depicted among the common people in scenes of daily life which their function is clear."
Agreed. But after a
cataclysmic event, it might
be seen by the natives as a gift from "The Gods."
"In Mesopotamia and S/M America these are objects associated with divinity or rule which I have found nothing of the like associated with Egypt. If they are "seed bags" then to the AE they were just any other casual "tool" yet to others it was iconographic of the gods, something so important they often carried it with them as part of their standard "god kit".
You may be correct, but by
that time much more was understood.
I have often wondered what
caused such a paradigm shift from
Hunter-Gathering to Agriculture/Animal Husbandry.
It may well be that after a world wide catastrophe, the
remnants of a previously great civilization may have presented to
those who survived elsewhere a greater way to provide for family and society.
"Yeah. I've always been on the fence about this. Kind of interesting in the sense that the "seed bag" may represent the power to "give life" and/or as a symbol of "civilizer", perhaps knowledge. Things that we or other cultures think of as simple objects may have had a much more significant and esoteric meaning to others."
Here is another link, from
the same author, Cliff Richey,
who offers a way to read ancient iconography.
All the best, my friend,
and keep up the great posts.