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End of Balustrade

Object Name:
A.H. 703/ A.D. 1303–4
Made in Iran
Limestone; carved
H. 27 7/8 in. (70.8 cm) W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm) D: 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm) W. 240 lbs.
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
Not on view
This end of a balustrade demonstrates continuity in the architectural decorative tradition of the late Seljuq period to the Ilkhanid. Vegetal motifs and elaborate scrolls are intertwined with geometrical patterns and inscriptions and flanked by animated scenes. This carved stone was probably a section of a staircase in a private building. It was owned by a certain Hajji Hasan ibn Ibrahim ibn Muh'ammad: his name is prominently carved in relief and followed by the date A.H. 703/A.D. 1303–04.
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1932; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 99, ill. fig. 58 (b/w).

"La Chronique des Arts, Principales acquisitions des Musées en 1998." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1999). p. 43, no. 166 (b/w ill.) - similar object - Iran, Hamadhan, 12th century, Balustrade avec arabesque et decor animalier, gres. (66.3 x 77.5 x 5.6 cm); Chapel Hill, Ackland Art Musuem , The University of North California, don. by Mr. and Mrs. Osborne Hague.

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