On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

The most complete surviving example of its kind, this panel most likely comes from a side of a cenotaph. It shows clear similarities to the carved decoration of a group of panels found at the 'Ain al‑Sira cemetery in Egypt. It incorporates decorative elements from both the Late Antique and Sasanian traditions. The geometric motifs derive directly from Roman mosaics, whereas the winglike designs in the arch spandrels are of Sasanian derivation.

#6679. Panel from a Cenotaph or Symbolic Coffin with Marquetry decoration

Panel, Wood (fig); mosaic with bone and four different types of wood

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