Fragment of a Cornice Panel

Object Name: Fragment

Date: 10th century

Geography: Excavated in Iran, Nishapur

Medium: Stucco; molded, applied, and carved

Dimensions: H. 28 1/16 in. (71.3 cm)
W. 29 5/16 in. (74.5 cm)
D. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Wt. 91 lbs (41.3 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.170.441


This panel comes from the site of Tepe Madrasa in Nishapur. The excavators found this and other fragments broken and piled up in a room, so it was unclear where this particular panel had come from, although the curvature of the upper elements suggests it came from a cornice decorating the top part of a wall. The decoration of rows of leaves on vines and projecting pineapple-shaped bosses is quite different from the stucco found at other parts of Nishapur, but resembles stuccowork decoration from other cities in Iran and Central Asia of the same period.