Basketry in the Frame

Prof. Sandy Heslop

Basketry in the Frame

The boundaries of an image are frequently defined by a frame. This habit seems to have developed in the first millennium BCE, when among the most prevalent motifs were twists and plaits, especially found in regions bordering the Mediterranean. The fashion persisted until well into the Middle Ages, when plaiting was itself sometimes framed, for example interlace on crosses. This paper first explores the development of the phenomenon, then seeks to explain it and finally assesses the contribution of basketry to the conception and interpretation of framing as a practice.

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