Panel with Inscription

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

The bold naskh lettering intertwined with delicate background scrolls on this panel recalls illuminated calligraphy of manuscripts and inscription bands of inlaid metalwork. Traces of red and blue pigment and gilding indicate that the panel, probably part of a wall frieze, was once similarly polychromatic. Medieval authors refer to such epigraphic architectural friezes as tiraz, a term for inscribed textiles. These connections demonstrate the aesthetic continuities between a wide variety of media, on dramatically different scales.

Panel with Inscription, Wood; carved

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