Panel Carved in the "Beveled Style" with Remains of Later Polychromy
last quarter 10th century
Wood (black pine); carved
H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
W. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
D. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1932
Not on view
This panel belonged to a long horizontal frieze with a continuous undulating pattern. The remnants of blue and red paint and traces of gold leaf are from a later date in antiquity. These remnants indicate that most of the panel's surface would have been vibrantly colored. The adjacent photos show a detail of the panel's colored surface and a possible reconstruction of the original polychrome decoration based on analysis of these remains.
[ Maurice Nahman, Cairo, until 1932; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 111.