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Name of Object:

Panel from a door or minbar


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Hegira 2nd–first half 3rd century / AD late 8th–first half 9th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wood (pine); carved


H: 179.7cm, W: 39.4cm; Mount: H: 191.8cm, W: 51.4cm, Diameter: 15.2cm, Wt: 35.8kg

Period / Dynasty:





This carved pine panel is composed of two boards flanking alternating square and rectangular panels. The vine scrolls, particularly those carved in high relief in the central panels, exhibit close affinities with their Late Antique prototypes. A nearly identical panel in the Benaki Museum in Athens suggests that together these may have formed a two-panelled door.

How Object was obtained:

Rogers Fund, 1931

Vendor: Hagop Kevorkian, New York

Former owner [dealer]: [Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1931; sold to MMA]

Selected bibliography:

Clark, Kenneth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1970: 156, no. 124, ill. (b/w).
Dimand, Maurice S., "An Arabic Woodcarving of the Eighth Century", Museum of Metropolitan Art Bulletin, 26/11 (1931): 271-274.
Dimand, Maurice S., "Studies in Islamic Ornament: I. Some Aspects of Omaiyad and Early 'Abassid Ornament," Ars Islamica, IV (1937): 294-6, ill. figs. 1, 2, 3.
Dimand, Maurice S., A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed., New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944: 109, ill. fig. 61 (b/w).
Ettinghausen, Richard, and Grabar, Oleg, The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650–1250, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1987: 107, ill. fig. 84 (b/w).
Ḥamīd, Isā Salmān, "al-Tuhaf al-khashabiyya", Mawsū‘at madīnat Tikrīt, 2 (1996): 204, ill. fig. 4.
Lukens, Marie G., The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide to the Collections: Islamic Art. Vol. 9, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965: 3, ill. fig.1.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1931

Citation of this web page:

 "Panel from a door or minbar" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;17;en&id=furniture_and_woodwork

MWNF Working Number: US3 17

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