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Old December 12th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #2
Pierre Galafassi
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 87

Hi Yohann,

The «chain-mail» motif, prominent in the field of this peculiar group of rugs, apparently existed in both European- (Roman & medieval) and Asian / Islamic- traditions.

The example below shows this motif in another Roman mosaic (villa La Olmeda, Pedrosa della Vega, Palencia.).
In its simplest form, as here, the «chain-mail» seems to have been rarely used as field motif in rugs though.

Another curiosity of this (carpet-like) Roman mosaic is the use of the swastika symbol, which one might think to be an essentially Indian- and, most generally, East-Asian religious symbol.
The swastika is also the unique motif in the strange rug of FIG 65 of main essay ( Osma Master 1450 ).

Surely one should not underestimate the old and continuous contacts between civilizations.

Best regards
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