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)
Rogers Fund, 1931
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]
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