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The David Collection
Hegira 5th–6th century / AD 11th–12th century
Poplar, tabletop covered with paper and colored lacquer, and with incised decoration
Carbon-14 analyses show that the well-preserved table was made in the 11th-12th century. Along with the one in the al-Sabbah Collection, Kuwait, it is the oldest known table of a popular type in the Islamic world. The type was also made in other materials, such as ceramics and metal.
Its decorative details are elements, also found in slightly older Samanid ceramics.
"Hexagonal table" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;18;en
MWNF Working Number: DN 18