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Panel with horse heads
New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira late 4th–5th century / AD 11th century
Wood (teak); carved
This panel, probably from a wooden door, is deeply carved with two symmetrical horse heads in relief. Beaded bands and bridles amid the arabesque design attest to careful attention to detail on the part of the craftsman. The piece was carved to different depths in order to produce a chiaroscuro effect, a technique mastered by Fatimid woodworkers. A companion piece, almost certainly from the same door, is in the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1911
"Panel with horse heads" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;7;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 07