27.25 in. high 7.25 in. wide (69.2 cm high 18.4 cm wide)
Purchase, V. Everit Macy Gift, 1930
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This panel from a door is decorated in the Beveled style. This motif, which was primarily used to carve or mold stucco for the extensive wall surfaces of palaces in Samarra, was also found on wood, stone, glass and other media. The 'beveled' design on this panel shows the creativity of Samarran craftsmen who transformed this chiefly vegetal motif into an abstract bird-like design.
[ Art market, Near East, until 1930; sold to MMA]
Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. pp. 10-11, ill. fig. 3 (b/w).