4.614 | Fall 2002 | Undergraduate

Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

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Stucco Decoration, Samarra Style: the style tended towards the abstraction of scrolls, stems, and leaves that belonged to the decorative vocabulary of Antiquity. Following the degree of abstraction, three styles have been identified: Style A: vine-leave ornament bearing resemblance to the Hellenistic, naturalizing origin. Style B: vegetal ornament with some abstraction such as no stalks from which the leaves grow. Style C: moulded pattern, very abstract with a combination of vegetal and geometric motifs. Patterns are normally inscribed within borders.

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