A speech scroll, also called a banderole or phylactery in art history, is an illustrative device denoting speech, song, or, in rarer cases, other types of sound.
Developed independently on two continents, the device was in use by European painters during the Medieval and Renaissance periods as well as by artists within Mesoamerican cultures from as early as 650 BC until after the 16th century Spanish conquest.
While European speech scrolls were drawn as if they were an actual unfurled scroll, Mesoamerican speech scrolls are merely scroll-shaped, looking much like a question mark.
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Famous quotes containing the words scroll and/or speech:
“This is the Scroll of Thoth. Herein are set down the magic words by which Isis raised Osiris from the dead. Oh! Amon-RaOh! God of GodsDeath is but the doorway to new lifeWe live today-we shall live againIn many forms shall we return-Oh, mighty one.”
—John L. Balderston (18991954)
“He gave man speech, and speech created thought,
Which is the measure of the universe;”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley (17921822)