A decoration consisting of apparently interwoven straps or ribbons. Interlace was known in antiquity and much favoured in Germanic art, whence it was transmitted to Insular art, which further developed the form. Interlace also survived in parts of Italy and in Coptic Egypt.

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).