Thursday, April 30, 2015

123 km North of Baghdad: Wallpaper made from Stucco

Inside the huge Pergamon Museum (German: Pergamonmuseum) on the 2nd floor is the Museum of Islamic Art (Museum für Islamische Kunst).
There, you will find some impressive original and reconstructed carved stucco wallpapers.
These decorative stucco gems were excavated by German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld from 1911-1913.
Created in Samarra, 123 km North of Baghdad on the banks of the Tigris, these 9th & 10th century beauties once decorated the dadoes of houses and palaces.
Samarra decorative stucco wallpaper: Style B
 Classified into three styles:
Samarra decorative stucco wallpaper: Style C
 Style A: Vine leaf scroll patterns with tendrils, closely following traditions of Late Antiquity.
 Style B: Vegetal patterns with a touch of abstraction.
 Style C: Flat cut, bevelled style.  Much more abstract, with some geometric motifs.
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