The great impetus to artistic freedom of expression brought about by the cuerda seca technique is perhaps best seen in secular buildings, such as the peacock from the Palace of Hasht Behesht as well as the lavish decoration round the dado of the Maryam Church in Jolfa. Although the older more stylised treatment is evident in the peacock, the work in the Armenian church, which may have been less constrained by the Qura'nic proscription on the use of naturalistic images, shows a more flowing form as evidenced by the birds and cypress trees.
Last Updated December 19, 1998