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Panel with Inscription

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
probably 13th century
Geography:
Egypt or Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood; carved
Dimensions:
H. 4-1/2 in (11.4 cm) W. 47 in. (119.38 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1930
Accession Number:
30.112.3
  • Description

    The bold naskh lettering intertwined with delicate background scrolls on this panel recalls illuminated calligraphy of manuscripts and inscription bands of inlaid metalwork. Traces of red and blue pigment and gilding indicate that the panel, probably part of a wall frieze, was once similarly polychromatic. Medieval authors refer to such epigraphic architectural friezes as tiraz, a term for inscribed textiles. These connections demonstrate the aesthetic continuities between a wide variety of media, on dramatically different scales.

  • Provenance

    V. Everit Macy, New York (until 1930; gifted to MMA)

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