This panel fragment of a six-pointed star is typical of Mamluk woodwork. The carved pieces of inlay with the characteristic arabesque of split-leaf palmettes, and the sharp contrasts between the dark wood and the ivory are found in many such panels. A pair of octagonal wooden panels from the collection (91.1.1609 and 91.1.1610) follow the same design as this fragment. Possibly all three panels were part of a larger object, such as a minbar or a wooden door.
A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]