Dado Panel, Stucco; carved, with some cast plaster elements

Dado Panel

Object Name:
Dado panel
10th century
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Stucco; carved, with some cast plaster elements
H. 68 5/8 in. (174.3 cm)
W. 92 3/4 in. (235.6 cm)
Frame D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Frame D. with tabs: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Wt. 560 lbs. (254 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 452
The inscription on the upper left side of this stucco panel reads, "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate." It comes from the courtyard of one of the houses in the Sabz Pushan neighborhood of Nishapur. The presence of this inscription suggests the residence may have functioned as a small neighborhood mosque or perhaps even a madrasa (religious college). Religious texts, however, were also found on private residences.
1936, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Some Early Islamic Buildings and their Decoration. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. p. 242, ill. fig. 3.42 (b/w).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 14, ill. fig. 21 (b/w).