Pattern Block

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This engraved block was employed for leather tooling. Leather–widely used in the Islamic world for daily objects, bookbindings, quivers, etc.– was gently hammered on the slate in order to impress the designs in positive relief. In this example, the main decorative pattern–the motif of animated scrolls–became popular in twelfth-century Iran.

Pattern Block, Stone (slate); carved

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