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Panel from a cenotaph or symbolic coffin with marquetry decoration
New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira 2nd century / AD second half 8th century
Wood (fig); mosaic with bone and four different types of wood
The most complete surviving example of its kind, this panel likely comes from a side of a cenotaph or from a box for a multivolume Qur’an. Similarities with a panel in the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo suggest that the two may have decorated the long sides of one structure at the ‘Ayn al‑Sira cemetery in Egypt. In addition to their common composition of fig wood inlaid with ivory and other types of wood, both panels incorporate decorative elements from the Late Antique and Sasanian traditions. The geometric motifs derive directly from Roman mosaics, whereas the winglike designs in the arch spandrels are of Sasanian derivation.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1937
"Panel from a cenotaph or symbolic coffin with marquetry decoration" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;20;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 20