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Use for distinct or separable design elements, usually decorative, whether occurring singly as individual shapes. Distinguish from "patterns (design elements)" which are ornamental designs composed of repeated or combined motifs.

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<Design Elements>

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12yrs ago

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Pottery: Unidentified Orvieto pottery (Probably)

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