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Fragment of a Cornice Panel

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stucco; molded, applied, and carved
Dimensions:
H. 28 1/16 in. (71.3 cm) W. 29 5/16 in. (74.5 cm) D. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm) Wt. 91 lbs (41.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.441
Not on view
This panel comes from the site of Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur. The excavators found this and other fragments broken and piled up in a room, so it was unclear where this particular panel had come from, although the curvature of the upper elements suggests it came from a cornice decorating the top part of a wall. The decoration of rows of leaves on vines and projecting pineapple-shaped bosses is quite different from the stucco found at other parts of Nishapur, but resembles stuccowork decoration from other cities in Iran and Central Asia of the same period.
1938, 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. p. 134, ill. fig. 1.143 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 61, pp. 7, 87, 101, ill. p. 101 (color).



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