H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm) W. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm) D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) Wt. 7.2 oz. (204.1 g)
Rogers Fund, 1924
Not on view
Wood, either carved or inlaid with ivory or with other types of wood, was commonly used as architectural furnishing during the medieval period in Ayyubid Cairo. The design of this piece consists of the scrolling overall pattern known in the West as the arabesque. By general definition the arabesque—a French word originating at the end of the eighteenth century—is a rhythmical arrangement of vine scrolls and foliate forms, often incorporating split leaves; vines emanate from the tips of the leaves, assuring infinite extension of the pattern.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1924; sold to MMA]
Artist: Date: ca. 1325–30 Accession Number: 91.1.2064 Date: ca. 1325–30Medium: Wood (rosewood and mulberry); carved, inlaid with carved ivory, ebony, and other woodsAccession: 91.1.2064On view in:Gallery 450