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from rolled parchment and scrolls much the same effect. The design was achieved by cutting out the background leaving the edges as the as high as the surface and only cutting away a minimum of wood to leave the folds outstanding.
shapes there was no need to accept nature as more than a guide to imagination. The mermaid and merman appear during the early Tudor period with increasing frequency, their curly tails making a fine starting off point for floral design and arabesque.