H. 46 1/4 in. (118.1 cm)
W. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
D. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Wt. 279 lbs. (126.6 kg)
Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Polychrome marble mosaic decorated interior walls of both religious institutions and palaces in Egypt and Syria during the Mamluk period. This example, from an unknown building, probably once adorned the lower register of a wall, but similar mosaic also appears on mihrabs, spandrels, and even cenotaphs of the period. The interlocking slabs in contrasting colors bordering the mosaic, and the rectangular base‑board panels below it, are also characteristic of Mamluk architectural decoration.
The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, New York (until 1970; gifted to MMA)
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. 114, p. 165, ill. p. 165 (color).