Exhibitions/ Art Object

Panel

Period:
Sasanian
Date:
ca. 6th century A.D.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon
Culture:
Sasanian
Medium:
Stucco
Dimensions:
8.74 x 14.49 in. (22.2 x 36.8 cm)
Classification:
Stucco-Reliefs
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.150.16
Not on view
The shallowness and nearly perfect repetition of the two bushy plants on this fragment suggests that it was made in a mold. In addition to hand carving, artisans at Ctesiphon used molds to create patterns intended to decorate large surfaces, giving its architectural ornament a distinct appearance.
1931–32, excavated by the Joint Expedition of the Staatliche Museen of Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; acquired by the Museum in 1932, ceded in the division of finds.

“Pattern, Color, Light: Architectural Ornament in the Near East (500-1000).” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, July 20, 2015–January 10, 2016.

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