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Name of Object:

Panel with horse heads


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 4th–5th century / AD 11th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wood (teak); carved

Period / Dynasty:





This panel, probably from a wooden door, is deeply carved with two symmetrical horse heads in relief. Beaded bands and bridles amid the arabesque design attest to careful attention to detail on the part of the craftsman. The piece was carved to different depths in order to produce a chiaroscuro effect, a technique mastered by Fatimid woodworkers. A companion piece, almost certainly from the same door, is in the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1911

Citation of this web page:

 "Panel with horse heads" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;7;en

MWNF Working Number: US3 07


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Furniture and woodwork


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