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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Plaque
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1600
Creation End Date: 1699
Creation Date: 17th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: Cut and pierced steel
Dimensions: L. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1987.14
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1987

This piece belongs to a group of eight plaques, each inscribed with a verse from the same shi'ite poem. It is possible that these plaques were set in the wooden doorway to a royal tomb. The striking cartouche shape is created by lobed arches formed at the horizontal ends of the rectangular panel, with smaller arches projecting from each straight border. The pious verse, inscribed in thuluth script, is set against an openwork ground of spiraling arabesque scrolls. Cut-steel panels were a specialty in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Iran, though few survive in such good condition.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.14
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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