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Panel from a Door or Minbar

Object Name:
Door
Date:
late 8th–first half 9th century
Geography:
Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood (pine); carved
Dimensions:
H. 70 3/4 in. (179.7 cm) W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) Mount: H. 75 1/2 in. (191.8) W. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm) D. 6 in. (15.2 cm) Wt. 79lb. (35.8kg)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.63
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 458
Probably from a door or a minbar (mosque pulpit), this carved teak panel is composed of two boards at the sides and of alternating hexagonal and square panels set vertically in the center. The vine scrolls, particularly those carved in high relief in the central panels, exhibit close affinities with their Late Antique prototypes.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1931; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 109, ill. fig. 61 (b/w).

Lukens, Marie G. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide to the Collections: Islamic Art. vol. 9. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965. p. 3, ill. fig.1.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries: the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1970. no. 124, p. 156, ill. (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard, and Oleg Grabar. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1987. p. 107, ill. fig. 84 (b/w).



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