Wood and Lacquer
Materials and technique
239 x 20.8 cm
This beam recalls similar carved wooden panels that formed architectural elements for mosque minbars (pulpits) or mihrabs in the Seljuq Iranian world. In such cases, the inscription usually ready ‘Sovereignty belongs to God’. Foliated kufic inscriptions containing Qur’anic verses or praising the ruler were carved into a vegetal background of palmette and split-palmette leaves, often in the bevelled style associated with Samarra in present-day Iraq. Many examples were also signed by the artist.
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