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Blue Figure, Possibly a Demon

Object Name:
Fragment of a wall painting
Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stucco; painted
Dimensions:
Object without setting: H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm) W. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm) Object in setting: H. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm) W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Wt. 23.2 oz. (657.783 g)
Classification:
Stucco
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.267
Not on view
Colored with blue, yellow, black and traces of red, this fragment from a wall painting was excavated from the mound at Nishapur known as Sabz Pushan (the Green Covered). The excavations at Sabz Pushan revealed part of a residential neighborhood dating to the tenth century. This and several similar fragments were found deposited in the bottom of a well dug into the floor of what was likely a domestic unit after having been chipped off a wall and discarded, so their original location is not known. Several are now housed in the Metropolitan Museum, and include 38.40.268, 38.40.269, 38.40.270, 38.40.271.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Some Early Islamic Buildings and their Decoration. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. pp. 22, 249, ill. fig. 12 (color), fig. 3.56 (b/w).

Sims, Eleanor, B. Marshak, and Ernst J. Grube. "Persian Painting and its Sources." In Peerless Images. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002. p. 27, ill. fig. 32 (b/w).



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