Fragment of a Painted Cornice Panel with Scrolling Vines
Fragment of a cornice
Stucco; carved and painted
L. 32 3/8 in. (82.2 cm)
H. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
D. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Wt. 24 lbs. (10.9 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1940
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Although made of the same material as many other panels from Nishapur, this painted stucco fragment displays a different kind of design and was probably made from a mold rather than carved by hand. The design here consists of a scrolling vine ending in a split-leaf palmette carved with triangular shapes grouped to form hexagons. The background is painted red, the vines blue, and the palmette leaves white.
1937, excavated at the "Wart" 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. 17, 147, ill. fig. 2 (color), fig. 1.165 (b/w).