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Carved panels

Carved panels

Carved panels

Wood and modern frame

H: 44-47; W: 19 cm

Anonymous gift in memory of Sally Mayer, President of the Jewish Community of Milan

Accession number:

B64.12.4274

Archaeology/Islamic Art & Archaeology

These panels orginally decorated the Western Fatimid Palace in Cairo. After the palace was destroyed, the Mamluk Sultan Qala'un constructed a hospital (muristan) at the site, reusing the panels in its decoration. The decorative patterns, produced in both high and low relief, depict pairs of animals and birds against a background of scrolls and palmettes. The same patterns also appear on jewelry and other objects.

From the Israel Museum publications:

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005