Later Fatimid art is characterized by the increased use of relatively naturalistic human and animal motifs. The pattern of antelopes, flying eagles, and griffins on this wooden panel demonstrates that tendency. Similar motifs can also be found in other mediums, such as the luster-painted pottery of the period.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1924; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 88, ill. fig. 38 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 113, ill. fig. 64 (b/w).