1 May 2001
A PAINTED WOODEN CORBEL
Probably Ghaznavid Afghanistan, 11th Century
Of rectilinear form, stepping out in two stages from the base, the front painted in black, red and yellow ochre on a white ground with a design of ascending palmettes and paired split palmettes. flaking of paint, insect damage to wood
26in. (65cm.) high
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The painting on this corbel can be compared to a tenth century painted stucco panel excavated at Nishapur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Grabar, Oleg: The Formation of Islamic Art, New Haven and London, 1973, pl.106).
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