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Fragment of a Panel with Disk Design

Date:
9th century
Geography:
Made in Iraq, found at Takrit
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
53 1/8 x 12 15/16 in. (135 x 32.8 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (9130)
  • Description

    Disks composed of concentric circles decorated buildings and furniture used by all communities at the Abbasid capital Samarra and subsequently in Egypt during the reign of Ibn Tulun (r. 864–84). This panel is said to be from the coffin of one of two Christian bishops, Athanasios or Ignatios, who were buried together near Takrit.

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