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Wall Painting

Object Name:
Wall painting
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stucco; painted
Dimensions:
H. 27 9/16 in. (70 cm) W. 56 11/16 in. (144 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Wt. 198 lbs. (89.8kg)
Classification:
Stucco
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.177
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Although the linear drawings inside the compartments have been transformed into half-palmettes and other designs, their origin in an attempt to imitate marble seems likely. The pattern of the layout is closely related to one which was popular in Roman floor mosaics.
1939, excavated at Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, 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. 19, 163, ill. fig. 5 (color), fig. 1.196 (b/w).



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