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Panel

Date:
13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Cairo
Medium:
Wood; carved, inlaid with ivory
Dimensions:
Largest piece (Semi-circle): H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) W. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm) D. 11/16 in. (1.8 cm) Smallest piece (Triangular shape): H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) W. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm) D. 11/16 in. (1.8 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.236.31
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This panel may have been one half of a two-part object, creating a sixteen-point star, around which other individual polygonal elements would have been arranged to create a geometric shape, or perhaps it was placed individually on the edge of a rectangular panel. Both possibilities can be seen in the minbar doors (91.1.2064) on display in Gallery 450. The individual pieces are held together with mortise and tenon joints, where a cavity is cut into the side of the wood to allow the pieces to be slotted together. Such a technique is loose enough to prevent warping due to humidity and temperature changes, that occur with wooden objects.
A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, no. 104.

Atil, Esin. Renaissance of Islam : Art of the Mamluks. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981. no. 104.



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