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Mesopotamia embroidery Pattern

Mesopotamia Pattern

Among animals,
birds and insects are the lion, unicorn,
leopard, stag, camel, hound, sheep, squirrel,
rabbit, peacock, parrot, hoopoe, pheasant,
swan, robin, butterflies, caterpillars, snails,
and moths. It has been thought that special
meanings should be attached to some of the
smaller creatures, but it is probable that their
chief function was to fill small gaps in the
designs. The flowers and fruits are largely
those found in Elizabethan work, and include
roses, columbines, carnations, pansies, tulips,
lilies, daffodils, honeysuckle, apples, pears,
strawberries, nuts, and acorns. The scenes
generally have landscape backgrounds with
castles, houses, tents, mounds, rockeries,
wells, fountains, and fishponds. Clouds and
smoke are in full force; the sun and moon
often shine together, and an angel frequently
hovers over the scene. As regards materials,
silk and metal threads are used ; pearls and
beads often enrich the designs, and pieces
of glass and mica fill subordinate offices.
A picture is occasionally worked entirely in
glass beads of various colours.


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be seen a lady wearing a ruff, a mermaid, and
a man surrounded by stags and rabbits. On
the other are lions, unicorns, a rose, a crown
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his right stands his son and successor
Edward VI., crowned and holding a sceptre
in his right hand and a Bible in his left.
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