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End of Balustrade

Object Name:
A.H. 703/ A.D. 1303–4
Attributed to Iran
Limestone; carved
H. 26 1/4 in. (66.7 cm) W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm) D: 31 in. (78.7 cm) Wt. 240 lbs. (108.9 kg)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
Not on view
This end of a balustrade is related to balustrade 32.15.1 and provides another variant of the architectural decorative tradition of the late Seljuq and Ilkhanid periods. The decorative patterns are comparable to those on the other balustrade, especially the star-shaped and geometrical figures set within a frame on the sides and the small columns decorating the front. The only inscription is found in a cartouche near the front, on the right side, and includes the signature of the artist, Sharaf ibn Mahmud.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1932; sold to MMA]
"La Chronique des Arts, Principales acquisitions des Musées en 1998." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1999). p. 43, no. 166 (b/w ill.) - similar object - Iran, Hamadhan, 12th century, Balustrade avec arabesque et decor animalier, gres. (66.3 x 77.5 x 5.6 cm); Chapel Hill, Ackland Art Musuem , The University of North California, don. by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Hague.

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