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Carved Architectural Panel in the 'Beveled Style'

Object Name:
Door panel
late 9th century
Attributed to Egypt
Wood (pine); carved
19.75 in. high 6.81 in. wide (50.2 cm high 17.3 cm wide)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel, 1969
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
These panels are decorated in the Beveled style. This motif, which was primarily used to carve or mold stucco for the extensive wall surfaces of palaces in Samarra, was also found on wood, stone, glass, and other media. The Beveled style on these panels shows the creativity of Samarran craftsmen, who transformed vegetal motifs into abstract designs.
[probably Michel E. Abemayor, New York]; Norbert Schimmel, New York (until 1969; gifted to MMA)
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