Panel with Horse Heads

Object Name: Panel

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Egypt

Medium: Wood (teak); carved

Dimensions: H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm)
W. 8 15/16 in. (22.7 cm)
D. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Object with mount: L. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
W. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm)
D. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)

Classification: Wood

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.205.2


This panel, probably from a wooden door, is deeply carved with two symmetrical horse heads in relief. Attention to detail is evident in the beaded bands and bridles amid arabesques. The piece was carved to different depths in order to produce a pleasing chiaroscuro effect, a technique mastered by Fatimid woodworkers. A companion piece, almost certainly from the same door, is in the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.