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THE TRACK OF THE MOORS

Arabs, even in their wandering existence, had reached no pitch of The tapestry of the ancient excellence in their own weaving.

Egyptians, limited though it was to threads of cotton or linen, through which it never reached a first importance, as with other countries in their use of silk, must, as time went on, have been as familiar to the

Arabian merchants

as

was the weaving of the

of Persia. But whatSyrians or the Indo-influenced tapestries ever foreign styles affected the industry of the Arab, it must have

From the absence possessed a very marked character of its own. of any authentic command in the Koran against the introduction into arts of the living forms of nature, we may gather that this as afterwards of only art of the Arabian desert was as free then

human

or animal forms, and

may even

at that date

have

dis-

played the ground-work for its geometrical after-excellence. It is curious to think that an apparently narrowing misinterpretation

Arabian its

Koran

really developed the only feature of art distinctly pure in its origin, however composite in

of the

For had the Arabs trodden the beaten path of

growth.

art,

endeavouring to build up a school of painting or sculpture of The their own, their inartistic fond would have been laid bare. branches of civilisation

in

which the Mohamedan people excelled,

such as those of decorative architecture, enlightened literature, and even science, were all capable of expanding from the old and inexhaustible fountains they had stirred anew, but the gifts of painting and the plastic arts are gifts too inspired to flourish with-

out the sunshine of natural genius. Is it the absence of this divine genius which lies like a barrier between the arts of the Moors of Spain and those of western nations impressions

A

.''

when

something

in

Many must

confess to a secret confusion of

within the setting of Moorish ornamentation. nature too often starved is over satiated

human

something still more life-giving is absent. In the midst of marble and hidden wood, glazed tiles and tinted stucco, which here, but

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