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Fragment of a Frieze with Winged Pinecones and Palmettes

Date:
8th-9th century
Geography:
Made in Possibly Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
3 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (8.5 x 27 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (9813)
  • Description

    The frieze of alternating palmettes and winged pinecones is related to earlier Sasanian art, which favored motifs presented in frontal view in stylized designs. Originally the wings were symbolic of the fertility goddess Anahita. In the early Islamic period these motifs were found in Umayyad palaces.

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