Panel with Cusped Arches

Object Name: Panel

Date: 14th century

Geography: From Morocco

Medium: Wood (cedar); carved and painted

Dimensions: H. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
W. 121 in. (307.3 cm)
D. 2 3/4 in. (7cm)
Wt. including crate 247 lbs. (112 kg) crate maybe half of this weight.

Classification: Wood

Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher and Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.241


Marinid architecture shared many characteristics with that of Andalusia. In both traditions, carved wooden friezes, usually placed near the ceiling above panels of stucco, constituted an important part of interior decoration. Here, an arcade of tall cusped arches is inscribed with the Arabic word for "good luck"— forward and backward—below each arch. The panel is possibly from a Qur'anic school in Fez.