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Panel

Date:
13th–14th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Cairo
Medium:
Wood; inlaid with carved and plain ivory
Dimensions:
H. 3 7/16 in. (8.8 cm) W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) D. 11/16 in. (1.8 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.236.72
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
There are three identical octagons with carved ivory inlay in the collection (07.236.72, 07.236.73 and 07.236.70), suggesting that they were originally part of a larger wooden ensemble. Vines emerge from the central triangular decorative element, breaking off with characteristic leaf designs and spiral buds. The design seems to push at the edges of the carved border adding to its vitality.
A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]
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