• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 52

    AN IVORY PANEL WITH A RUNNING DEER

    FATIMID EGYPT, 12TH CENTURY

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    AN IVORY PANEL WITH A RUNNING DEER
    FATIMID EGYPT, 12TH CENTURY
    Of roughly rectangular shape with pointed end, the running deer with short on a ground of finely carved foliate scrolls, the tendrils issuing a variety of fleshy palmettes, hair cracks, drilled, minor area of restoration, on stand
    4 5/8 x 2¼in. (12 x 5.7cm.)


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    Ivory carvings from Fatimid Egypt often display lively figural scenes including animals such hares, birds or deers, as the one visible here, or more complicated compositions such as hunting or courtly scenes. Ivory carved panels, which stylistically relate to wood carving with which they share consistency and technique of carving, were inserted into larger wooden panel and it is likely that the present panel was part of a more complicated composition. Many of these Fatimid carved panels are in major public collections. Groups of carved ivory panels now in the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, in the Bargello in Florence and in the Louvre exemplify the production of the Fatimid craftsmen (Marianne Barrucand et al, L'Egypte et son histoire, Paris, 1999, pp.404-8).

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    Provenance

    European private collection, since early 1980s


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