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Fragment of a Cornice with a Frieze of Masks

Object Name:
Fragment of a cornice
Date:
15th–early 16th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 (28.5 cm) L. 49 in. (124.4 cm) D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Wt. 189 lbs. (75.8 kg)
Classification:
Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of Nasli Heeramaneck, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.197
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Friezes containing a series of masks or mythical beasts are seen on palaces and temples all over northern and western India, from the eleventh century onward. The red sandstone of this example connects it to the tradition of stone carving in the Mathura region.
Nasli M. Heeramaneck (Indian, 1902–1971), New York (until d. 1971; his wife, Alice Heeramaneck, 1971–75;gifted to MMA)
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