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.
Harper, Prudence Oliver. 1978. The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire. New York: The Asia Society, p. 102, pl. III G.