Panel with Inscription, Wood; carved

Panel with Inscription

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
probably 13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Wood; carved
Dimensions:
H. 4-1/2 in (11.4 cm)
W. 47 in. (119.38 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Purchase, V. Everit Macy Gift, 1930
Accession Number:
30.112.3
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.
[ Art market, Near East, until 1930; sold to MMA through Maurice Dimand]
Orient de Saladin : L'Art des Ayyoubides. Paris: Gallimard, 2001.