This cast was taken from a carved stucco panel at Nishapur from a mound known as Sabz Pushan (the Green Covered). Excavations at Sabz Pushan revealed part of a residential neighborhood with several houses and an alleyway.
Originally employed on the jamb of a door, this panel speaks to the extent to which surfaces in the building were decorated, even those that were barely visible. The motif was carefully chosen to fit the architectural element that the panel covered. It consists of a vine ending in half-palmette leaves that encapsulate an arrow-shaped blossom. It draws the eye upward, and while only a meter of the wall was preserved, we can imagine the motif continuing all the way to the top of the jamb.
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