An Attic Advent: 2nd December
Geometric cufflinks (British Museum)
Geometry lies at the heart of Islamic design. Interlacing circles, triangles, stars and polygons underpin the decoration of objects and architecture throughout the Muslim world. The vibrant intellectual environment at the medieval Arab and Persiancourts fostered the development of science, mathematics and geometry which had an impact on the arts of Islam. This particular design has been inspired by the geometrical designs on the inlaid wood and ivory sarcophagus of the first Safavid ruler,Shah Isma 'il I, at the Ardabil Shrine, Iran, AD 1524.