Although the pattern of this group of panels appeared as early as the late twelfth century in Azerbaijan and is recorded as late as 1480–81, it enjoyed a particular vogue in Cairo between 1330 and 1350. A number of minbars in Cairo with this pattern and from this period bear very close resemblance to these pieces.
A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part II: Vegetal Patterns," September 10, 1998–January 10, 1999, no catalogue.
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 89–91, ill. fig. 40 (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 115, ill. fig. 65 (b/w).