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Scrollwork describes decoration with motifs of flowing curves and spiral forms which resemble a side view of a paper scroll. Scrollwork may also exhibit plant-based aspects such as vines and stylised leaves or flowers. Scroll ornament is usually dated to the Palace of Knossos at Minoan Crete in 1800 BC, although early forms may be said to exist in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. From significant use in classical art, the motif spread to Europe as can be seen in Anglo-Saxon art as well as to East Asia where scrollwork can be seen in Chinese ceramics. Motifs of Chinese ceramics then in turn became influential across the Middle East and Europe.

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