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A Language of Opulence

I find this fascinating.These are decorative imitations of an Arabic script used to represent opulence and and rarity.

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The fake calligraphy becomes a powerful cultural signifier that incorporates language, affluence, and design. But because the “writing” is utterly meaningless and based on a visual perception of an alien system of communication, the scribbles, though decorative, become an abstraction of the idea of Arabic culture embodied by language.

[Thanks  #Medievalpoc]