Panel from a Rectangular Box

Object Name: Panel

Date: 10th–early 11th century

Geography: Made in Spain, probably Cordoba

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ivory; carved, inlaid with stone with traces of pigment

Dimensions: H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
W. 8 in. (20.3 cm)

Classification: Ivories and Bone

Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913

Accession Number: 13.141


This panel, carved from a single piece of ivory in a twice-repeating pattern, once adorned the side of a rectangular casket. The complexity of its decoration as well as the attention to details, such as the eyes of humans and animals, which were drilled and filled with minute quartz stones, demonstrate the refinement and the accomplishment of the caliphal ivory-carving workshop.