Tympanum with a Horse and Rider

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This tympanum once adorned the facade of the so‑called House of Ahmad and Ibrahim located in the town of Kubachi in the Caucasus. The vegetal decoration surrounding the central figure has been compared to fourteenth- and fifteenth-century stone carvings found in the city. The date is further supported by the dress of the lively rider. His costume incorporates a curvilinear "cloud collar" around its neckline, which was introduced to Iran by the Mongols and became fashionable in the fifteenth century.

Tympanum with a Horse and Rider, Stone; carved, with traces of paint

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Front, with warrior on horseback in high relief, surrounded by arabesque scrolls