Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

diaper: A pattern formed by small, repeated geometrical motifs set adjacent to one another, used to decorate stone surfaces in architecture and as a background to illuminations in manuscripts, wall painting or panel painting.

See also repetative decorative motifs.

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Diaper used in architecture
Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

Diaper used in manuscript illumination

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