Medium : Parchment soft sheep leather
Dimensions : Length 56inches Breadth 6inches Weight 92g
Museum Location : Monson Edition
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Islamic decoration tends to avoid use of figurative images but makes use of geometric patterns instead. Geometric designs in Islamic art are built in combinations of repeated squares and circles which may be overlapped and interlaced as can arabesques (with which they are often combined) to form intricate and complex patterns. Here the design shown is 8 pointed stars with golden borders and can be combined and reworked to form complicated patterns with symmetries including reflections and rotations. The circle symbolizes unity and diversity in nature and many Islamic patterns are drawn starting with a circle and lozenges in Tunisia and, since then, have spread all across the Islamic world. The medium is soft sheep leather parchment, the ink is opaque in colour, legible which is the mystery, making the composition unavailable, dating beyond human calculation.