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Name of Object:

Panel from a rectangular box


New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Hegira late 3rd–early 5th century / AD 10th–early 11th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ivory; carved, inlaid with stone with traces of pigment

Period / Dynasty:

Spanish Umayyad


Probably Córdoba, Spain


This panel, carved from a single piece of elephant ivory, once adorned a side of a rectangular box. It belongs to a group of tenth- and eleventh-century ivories made in Spain during the reign of the Umayyad caliphs (711–1031). These objects were created mainly for the royal family and were made in the capital, Córdoba, or in Madinat al-Zahra, the royal residence. Because of the Umayyads’ Syrian roots, it is not surprising that many of the motifs found on these ivories can be traced to that area. The leaf arabesques on this plaque are a stylised version of the vine and acanthus scroll popular in late antiquity.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913

Citation of this web page:

 "Panel from a rectangular box" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus23;8;en&id=ivory

MWNF Working Number: US3 08

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