vyaz

[[Indices]] : Vyaz'

Vyaz' is a decorative style of [[Cyrillic]] [[calligraphy]] characterised by tall, condensed and interlocking letters forming a dense and continous band of text. The style originated in Byzantine (Greek) books in the 11th century, and is related to the style of Greek [[uncial]] lettering employed in Orthodox icons. It spread in Russia and flourished particularly in the 16th century. Three kinds of interlocking are typically found in vyaz' lettering: stem ligation in which adjacent letters share a common stem, letters or parts of letters stacked vertically, and enclosure of smaller letters within larger ones.

Maxim Zhukov provides the fine attached example.

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