Egypt or Syria / Panel / probably 13th centuryEgypt or Syria
probably 13th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt or Syria
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt or Syria
Title: Panel
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: probably 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Carved wood with traces of pigments and gilt
Dimensions: H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm), W. 47 in. (119.4 cm)
Description: This long, narrow panel, certainly part of an architectural frieze running along the interior of a secular building, presents a neat cursive calligraphy set against a busy scrolling-vegetal background. The faint traces of gilt as well as red and blue pigment link this object to similar contemporaneous panels, which were often painted, mostly in red, ocher, green, and blue. The calligraphic inscription, a rather standard text on secular objects in all media, may have been dedicated to the patron of the building in which this panel was once installed. The extant sentence can be translated as "perpetual glory, lasting fortune, lucky destiny, continuous prosperity."
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 30.112.3
Credit Line: Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1930
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.30.112.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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