Carved Door Panel

Object Name: Door

Date: late 15th century

Geography: Made in present-day Uzbekistan, Samarqand

Medium: Cypress; carved, traces of paint

Dimensions: H. 82 in. (208.3 cm)
Gr. H. 88 1/2 in. (224.8 cm)
W. 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm)
D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Wt. 127 lbs. (57.6 kg)

Classification: Wood

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.67.7


This door is said to have been found in a secular building in Khokand, in present-day Uzbekistan. The intricate carvings of interlaced vine scrolls seen here may be compared to similar relief decoration in stone carvings of the fifteenth century and to contemporary manuscript illuminations. The establishment of royal workshops throughout Iran during the fifteenth century fueled a unity of design across media, resulting in the emergence of common regional design vocabularies.