The Arabesque Leaf Scroll

Heba Barakat

Description or Abstract

The Arabesque, a form of decorative ornament based on stylized leaves and tendrils, is one of the most popular and emblematic elements in Islamic art. Supremely adaptable and versatile, it functions equally effectively in the foreground or as space-filler, whether in manuscripts and bindings, ceramics, stonework, woodwork, textiles, and other media. The story of the Arabesque is full of exciting new discoveries which Heba Barakat, Curator of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia and a graduate of the Department of Arabic Studies AUC with a specialization in Islamic Art and Architecture, will discuss in this talk.