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29 ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENTATION We have already touched on work on this subject in certain cases material, also brought along their first while discussing the buildings themselves. For the interiors, too, the help of foreign craftsmen own style. was sought, who, in addition to their own Mindful of the ideas of the great Prophet, mosques were ai very soberly decorated, the adornment consisting of a simple intarsia of stones. This technique was soon supplanted by mosaics, with which, for example, the Damascus were the palaces, richly embellished.

In Hirah in glaze, usually green or yellow. In the thin paste, and usually this so-called choice of decorative motifs is second tedmique. the decoration was applied in the barbotine ware was unglazed. similar to that found in other branches of art. \\"e find lettering variously employed for inscriptions and adornment, together with plant motifs stylized into geometric figures, including the arabesque. Portrayals absent in the 46 tile many versions of the schematized split of men and animals are also found on decorations of sacred buildings.

Kofler-Truniger Plate of the tenth centur\ . so-called Collection. Lucerne call to mind differences, the products of Sassanian craftsmen. Closer examination, however, reveals too and the Buwaihids are now adoiowledged many stylistic as the makers. CERAMICS The Buwaihids produced some impressive types is so-called Gabri ware. In this type, the design resulting in a decoration in whidi was covered with glazes in to probably to them that we owe the low relief various colors. Here, too, the decorative elements are sometimes strongh reminiscent of the Sassanians, but iconography has proved of potter\-, and it was deeply engraved, we also find contemporary' and indigenous themes.

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