8000 Years of Ornament: An Illustrated Handbook of Motifs
This innovative handbook illustrates and records the origins and development of nine major motifs or groups of motifs in decorative art: spiral scrolls and key patterns, animals and mythological, creatures the lotus, papyrus and lily, the palmette, leaf borders, the Indian lotus, the Celtic scroll, the rosette, twists, plaits and interlace. Eva Wilson demonstrates that a limited number of decorative ideas have recurred in many cultures and periods across the world, from prehistory to the present day, repeatedly reinvented in different forms. With the accumulated experience and accuracy of the archaeological illustrator, she approaches the question why some patterns and motifs become universally popular, and attempts some answers. Her superb drawings make this book an invaluable source of reference and inspiration for designers, artists and historians.
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19th cent 2nd millennium BC 4th millennium BC 5th cent acanthus Anatolia ancient Near East animal motifs architecture Asia became birds border British Museum Bronze Age brooch Buddhist burial c.ad carved Central centre century BC China Christian coloured composite creatures Crete cylinder seal decorative art decorative motifs Detail developed dragon dynasty eagle early Egypt Egyptian Egyptian lotus Empire England Europe example flower motif geometrical gold Greece Greek grid highly stylised illustrated important Indian lotus inlaid Islamic Italy Knossos knot known leaf scroll linked spiral lion London lotus and palmette lotus flower lotus motif lotus rosette mask meander Mediterranean mosaic motifs Neolithic Nimrud ornament painted palmette palmette motif panel papyrus pattern books plaits plant pottery produced ribbon interlace ritual Roman scroll motif second millennium BC Shang dynasty shawl spiral scrolls spirals and scrolls stone Sutton Hoo swastika symbolic taotie temple textiles tomb Turkey twist vase vine scroll western