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Tombak Gilded Plaque

Object Name:
probably 16th century
Attributed to Turkey
Copper; chased, engraved and gilded (tombak technique)
L. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm)
W. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1996
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459
This plaque is engraved with a symmetrical arabesque pattern against a ring-punched ground and terminates in two trefoils. It was probably one of a set adorning a large door, as can be seen in examples in the Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Three of the seven rivets used for attachment remain.
R. Mathey Collection, Mendocino, CA; [ AXIA, London and Leichtenstein, until 1996; sold to MMA]
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