Motif (visual arts)  

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In art, a motif is a repeated idea, pattern, image, or theme. Paisley designs are referred to as motifs. Many designs in mosques in Islamic culture are motifs, especially those of flowers. Two major Roman motifs are egg and tongue, and ball and reel.

Motifs may have iconographic significance within a work of art.

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