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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Hexagonal table


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection

About The David Collection, Copenhagen

Date of Object:

Hegira 5th–6th century / AD 11th–12th century

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 33/1997

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Poplar, tabletop covered with paper and colored lacquer, and with incised decoration

Period / Dynasty:





Carbon-14 analyses show that the well-preserved table was made in the 11th-12th century. Along with the one in the al-Sabbah Collection, Kuwait, it is the oldest known table of a popular type in the Islamic world. The type was also made in other materials, such as ceramics and metal.
Its decorative details are elements, also found in slightly older Samanid ceramics.

Citation of this web page:

 "Hexagonal table" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;18;en

MWNF Working Number: DN 18