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Panel

Date:
14th–15th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Cairo
Medium:
Wood; carved, inlaid with carved and plain ivory and carved ebony
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/8 in. (8 cm) W. 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) D. 1/2 in. (1.2 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.236.101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This small wooden panel probably formed the corner of a larger geometric design composed of many different shapes, including stars, tie-bars, polygonal elements, etc. Two polygonal panels in the collection (07.236.66 & 07.236.67) have similar designs and these three may have come from the same object. Such assemblages were common in Mamluk Egypt for wooden furnishings, as well as in doors and minbars for mosques. Similar designs can also be seen in other media, such as polychrome marble marquetry that was frequently employed as flooring or wall panels. The floor in the Damascus room (1970.170) is a stunning example of such complex design.
A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]
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