15 October 2002
A TUNLUNID CARVED CYPRESS PANEL
Egypt, 9th century
Of rectangular form, the central panel with a band of meandering tendrils linking palmettes, flowerheads and split palmettes, plain surround, three indentations above, upper sections weathered, slight old worm
7 x 31½in. (17.8 x 80cm.)
Nasli M. Heeramaneck, donated by Joan Palevsky
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Pal, Pratapaditya (ed.): Islamic Art, the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Los Angeles, 1973, no.348, p.176 (not illustrated).
A carved wood bean with very similar design but slightly more elaborated and with an upper band of kufic inscription is in the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo (The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, London, 1976, no.435, p.282).
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