Panel with Cusped Arches

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Marinid architecture shared many characteristics with that of Andalusia. In both traditions, carved wooden friezes, usually placed near the ceiling above panels of stucco, constituted an important part of interior decoration. Here, an arcade of tall cusped arches is inscribed with the Arabic word for "good luck"— forward and backward—below each arch. The panel is possibly from a Qur'anic school in Fez.

Panel with Cusped Arches, Wood (cedar); carved and painted

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