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Dr Myrian Rosen-Ayalon, Mayer professor of Islamic Art and Archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, demonstrated many stylistic continuities between Nabatean art of Late Antiquity and the Umayyad period (mid 7th-mid 8th c CE). Let's briefly explore just one similarity.
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Naqad Studies Dec 11
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Rosen-Ayalon documented the wall painting tradition in the region from the paintings of the late Nabatean period, such as those in the house at Siq el-Barid in Jordan, 6 km north of Petra.
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Grapeleaf motifs can be found in Syriac Christian traditions, symbolizing the Paradise of Plenty that awaits the Christian faithful (dispensed by patriarchs, left). This motif at the Siq el-Barid temple, however, was painted for a Dionesian cult context - popular for Nabateans.
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Rosen-Ayalon then pointed to the continuity between those Nabatean designs and late Umayyad frescos, such as those at the desert castle of Qusayr 'Amra, Jordan (approx. 723-743 CE).
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Another Nabatean antecedent to this vine scroll decoration motif is found at the temple of Khirbet edh-Dharih, 100km North of Petra (roughly 100 to 360s CE).
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Information from: Villeneuve, François, Al-Muheisen, Zeidoun. Nouvelles recherches à Khirbet edh-Dharih (Jordanie du Sud, 1996-1999) Talgum, Rina. The Stylistic Origins of Umayyad Sculpture and Architectural Decoration, Part 1
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Bikai, Patricia M., Egan, Virginia. "Archeology in Jordan." American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 103, No. 3 (Jul., 1999), pp. 485-520 (36 pages)
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Chapps Dec 11
Nice thread, partly detailing the motif of the grape vine, .
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asbjørn berg Dec 12
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Does anybody know when the prohibition of pictures in Islam started?
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Łukasz Sokołowski Dec 12
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