31 March 2009
AN OTTOMAN CARVED WOOD INSCRIPTION BEAM
TURKEY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form composed of three separate panels, the raised inscription in elegant thuluth, each end left plain, slight losses and abrasions
7¼ x 127¼in. (18 x 323.1cm.) overall (3)
Adda Family Collection, formed in Alexandria in the first half of the 20th century.
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A carbon date test performed on the present panel by RCD RadioCarbon Dating, sample RCD-7027, confirms the suggested dating of the band, giving a 68 probability of a date of 1490-1530 plus 1550-1640, and a 95 probability of 1470-1650.
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