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Panel from a Ceiling

Object Name:
Ceiling
Date:
14th–15th century
Geography:
Made in Spain, probably Granada
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood; mortised, tenoned, mitered, rabbeted, and painted
Dimensions:
H. 102 1/8 in. (259.4 cm) W. 106 1/2 in. (270.5 cm) Max. D. 12 in. (30.5 cm) Min. D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Hearst Foundation Inc., 1977
Accession Number:
1977.93
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
This wooden ceiling panel probably came from a palace or villa in Granada, originally part of a long ceiling covering a patio. The type, referred to in Spanish as artesonado, is well represented among the ceilings still in situ at the Alhambra—for example, the one that covers the porch of the Torre de las Damas. The geometric design, based on a star-and-polygon pattern and articulated by four muqarnas lanterns, would originally have been richly pigmented and highlighted with gilding.
Luis Ruiz, Madrid (until 1922; his sale, AndersonGalleries, New York, April 19–22, 1922, no. 816, to Hearst); William Randolph Hearst (American, 1863–1951), San Simeon, CA (1922–d. 1951; HearstFoundation, 1951–77; gifted to MMA)
Ettinghausen, Richard. Archives of Asian Art. vol. XXXI (1977–1978). p. 139.



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