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Tombak Gilded Plaque

Object Name:
Plaque
Date:
probably 16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Copper; chased, engraved and gilded (tombak technique)
Dimensions:
L. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm) W. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.334
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
This plaque is engraved with a symmetrical arabesque pattern against a ring-punched ground and terminates in two trefoils. It was probably one of a set adorning a large door, as can be seen in examples in the Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Three of the seven rivets used for attachment remain.
R. Mathey Collection, Mendocino, CA; [ AXIA, London and Leichtenstein, until 1996; sold to MMA]
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