decorative motif, in flat relief, consisting variously of interlaced scrollwork, braiding, shield forms, or cross-hatching, often pierced with circular or oval holes. At times strapwork is bordered with a raised fillet (band). The whole design is usually formed of connected units, all on the same plane, as though made by an elaborately cut and pierced strap that has been applied to a flat surface. Strapwork is usually done in wood, metal, or plaster, although stone has been used occasionally, as in the Salzhaus at Frankfurt am Main (late 16th century).
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