Adding to the confusion is the visual illusion that the painter has contrived: the bird seems to fly up to the palmette
, as though this decorative element were actual foliage in which a real-world swallow might nest.
The portal is decorated with seven rows of muqarnas while the top of the band of ornamentation, emphasising the portal arch, is decorated with a chain of tree lobed palmettes
in relief (Figure 20).
Jugs or oinoche whose handles are adorned with palmettes
and lotus flowers are of two classes: circular mouth and trefoil mouth.
Most likely by the painter Oltos, the vessel features two distinctive pairs of eyes set beneath curved brows, sprigs of ivy and decorative palmettes
on its exterior.
What is striking in this carpet is its field design that shows animals, real and mythical, leaping to fight and pursue one another against a background network of scrolling vines connecting racemes, leaves, palmettes
, and rosettes in a repeat pattern.
This area is decorated with an intricate floral motif made up of large, horizontally mirrored lotus buds and vertically mirrored palmettes
, symmetrically interlaced by tendrils (Fig.
Mughal carpets of the seventeenth century often imitated Persian models depicting scrolling vines, cloud bands, and palmettes
. However, along with the Persian style, there also emerged a native Indian rug tradition with a very different design and style of drawing and color.
Overlaid are the curling, split and serrated lancet or 'sickle' leaves (a Safavid interpretation of the Ottoman saz leaf) which encircle the horizontal and angled palmettes
. More palmettes
feature along the central axis while two elegant cypress trees, overlaid by leaves and branches, pierce the pattern vertically.
Attributed by Benson to the Kommos Painter, within the workshop of the Corneto Painter; he notes the rather linear palmettes
, which are drawn in a manner not unlike the patterns on Cretan 7th-century hydrias.
Four mighty patinated and gilt-bronze sphinxes support a rose granite top mounted with palmettes
, dolphins, seahorses, serpents, birds and a central mask of Apollo (estimate 500,000 [euro]-800,000 [euro]).