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Panel with Cusped Arches

Object Name:
14th century
Wood (cedar); carved and painted
H. 19 in. (48.3 cm) W. 121 in. (307.3 cm) D. 2 3/4 in. (7cm) Wt. including crate 247 lbs. (112 kg) crate maybe half of this weight.
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Marinid architecture shared many characteristics with that of Andalusia. In both traditions, carved wooden friezes, usually placed near the ceiling above panels of stucco, constituted an important part of interior decoration. Here, an arcade of tall cusped arches is inscribed with the Arabic word for "good luck"— forward and backward—below each arch. The panel is possibly from a Qur'anic school in Fez.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in cursive script is written nine times,
four of which appear in mirror image:
Good luck
[ Spink & Sons Ltd., London, by 1978–79; sold to Homaizi]; Jasim Homaizi, Kuwait(1979–85; to MMA by exchange)
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 56-57, ill. fig. 40 (color).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 43 (1995-1996). p. 10, ill. p. 10 (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. 41, pp. 72-73, ill. p. 73 (color).

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