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Tympanum with a Horse and Rider

Object Name:
second half 14th century
Attributed to Caucasus, probably Kubachi, Dagestan
Stone; carved, with traces of paint
H. 28 3/4 (73 cm) W. 51 in. (129.5 cm) D. 4 in. (10.2 cm) Wt. with pallet: 457 lbs. (207.3 kg) minus about 20 lbs for pallet.
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
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.
From the House of Ahmed and Ibraham, Kubatchi, Republic of Dagestan, Russia (destroyed before 1924). [Bashkiroff, A.S. The Art of Daghestan: Carved Stones. Moscow, 1931].

[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1938; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Riding Across Central Asia: Images of the Mongolian Horse in Islamic Art," April 26, 2000–November 12, 2000, no catalogue.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 97, ill. fig. 57 (b/w).

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. pp. 18-19 (b/w).

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 319, ill. fig. 20 (b/w).

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