Panel with Geometric Pattern and Benedictory Inscriptions

Object Name: Panel

Date: late 13th–mid-14th century

Geography: Attributed to Spain, Granada

Medium: Limestone; carved

Dimensions: H. 30 5/16 in. (77 cm)
W. 11 in. (28 cm)
D. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm)

Classification: Stone

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2011

Accession Number: 2011.182


This panel exemplifies the style of ornament found on funerary and architectural elements, textiles, and decorative arts in Spain from 1232 to 1492 under the Nasrids, the last of the Muslim dynasties to rule in the Iberian Peninsula. It may have been part of the frame of a doorway or windowsill. The interlaced geometric pattern includes long cartouches ending in eight-pointed stars, while the Kufic inscription on the narrow side repeats the Arabic word al-‘afiya (good health).