Islamic Ornament

Islamic Ornament

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The first comprehensive study of the history, function and significance of ornament in Islamic art. Heavily illustrated with magnificent examples of Islamic ornament, it surveys how motifs developed and became integrated into patterns. This volume covers the period 700-1600 AD and an area stretching from Syria and Asia Minor in the west, to Afghanistan and India in the east.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 913g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 149 illustrations, bibliography, glossary
  • 0748609865
  • 9780748609864
  • 2,191,254

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The most important feature of this book is the author's immense knowledge and first-hand experience with most of the examples she considers ! it promises to become a standard reference. -- Sheila Blair, writer and researcher on Islamic art and architecture Richly illustrated ... The outstanding result of an immense knowledge that is made accessible to the reader by an impressive apparatus of notes, glossary, bibliography and index ! an indispensable standard work of reference. The most important feature of this book is the author's immense knowledge and first-hand experience with most of the examples she considers ! it promises to become a standard reference. Richly illustrated ... The outstanding result of an immense knowledge that is made accessible to the reader by an impressive apparatus of notes, glossary, bibliography and index ! an indispensable standard work of reference.show more

Table of contents

The motifs and their transformations: vegetal motifs - plants and their arabesques; figural motifs - birds and animals; geometric motifs - squares and lozenges, circles, polygons and star patterns; epigraphy. The formation of order. The meaning of ornament. Principles and concepts - concluding remarks.show more

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