Exhibitions/ Art Object

Section from a Piece of Furniture

Date:
late 9th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Carved and incised wood
Dimensions:
19 11/16 x 38 3/16 in. (50 x 97 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (9148)
Not on view
The legged panel was possibly part of a sarir, a large chair or throne, on which the owner sat cross legged. The prominent Kufic inscription offers "Blessing and good fortune and happiness and felicity to its owner." The handsomely carved, stylized decoration reflects the impact of the beveled style found at the Abbasid capital Samarra on Egyptian art during the rule of Ibn Tulun (r. 864–84).
Inscription: In Arabic: Blessing and good fortune and happiness and felicity to
its owner