Fragment of a cornice panel, 10th century
Found at Iran, Nishapur, Tepe Madrasa
Stucco; molded, applied, and carved; H. 28 1/2 in. (71.3 cm), W. 29 3/8 in. (74.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1940 (40.170.441)
This panel comes from the site of Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur. The excavators found this and other fragments broken and piled up in a room, so it was unclear where this particular panel had come from, although the curvature of the upper elements suggests it was part of a cornice decorating the top section of a wall. The panel's rows of leaves on vines and projecting pineapple shaped bosses are quite different from the stuccowork found at other parts of Nishapur, but they resemble stuccowork with similar motifs from other cities in Iran and Central Asia of the same period.