Group 4: Embedded scripts

Embedded scripts

During the later Fatimid period more attention was paid to embedding the inscription within an artistic background. Tendrils grow from the letters and sprout buds (floriated kufic). Intricate arabesque designs of rhythmically scrolling and interlacing foliage often frame birds and animals.

Common repertoire of popular motifs
Many elements making up the decorative bands that accompany tiraz inscriptions since the 11th century and eventually dominate them are not specific to textiles but are equally employed in other media. Among the frequently featured birds and animals was the hare or rabbit. Its popularity in the Early Islamic period may be due to positive associations such as prosperity, fertility, and clever handling of difficult situations.

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