Centennial Honors College Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2014 Poster Presentation Pseudo- Kufic Dana Franklin Faculty Mentor: Sherry Lindquist Art The purpose of this pseudo-kufic research is to understand how an Islamic decorative element begins to show up in Christian artworks. Pseudo-kufic is seen in textiles, religious alter pieces, and interestingly on the trim of the Virgin Mary’s clothing. This research will examine eight pieces of artwork from medieval and early renaissance; two from Italy, two from Sicily, two from France, and two from Spain. Through the examination of these artworks there is a common decorative aspect that shows up in all of the works, pseudo-kufic. Pseudo-kufic is an imitation of Arabic script that was adopted and came to be used for decorative purpose. It is interesting that the decorative element of pseudo-kufic shows up in many artworks, including religious works, across the lower portion of Europe, which is mainly a Christian. Although the lower portion of Spain and Sicily were Islamic, pseudo-kufic was adapted into many Christian artworks, some of which show up on the trim of the Virgin Mary. By examining these eight medieval and early renaissance artworks I will show that pseudo-kufic was not only adapted because of the expansion of Islam through the lower portion of Europe but it was also through cross-cultural exchanged that pseudo-kufic shows up as a decorative element in textiles, religious works, and in architecture.