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Fragment of a Painted Cornice Panel with Scrolling Vines

Object Name:
Fragment of a cornice
Date:
11th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stucco; carved and painted
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.267
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).



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