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Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Central Asia (made)

  • Date:

    14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Teak, carved, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:

    1437-1902

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WE4

This panel is from the side of a large wooden box that marked the grave of Sayf al-Din Bakharzi. He was a celebrated Muslim mystic who died in Bukhara in Uzbekistan in 1261.

The main panel has a pattern of intersecting 12-sided figures. Long straight rays link groups of small hexagons which are arranged around a six-pointed star. This type of decoration is typical of the patterns based entirely on the arrangement of geometric figures that came to play a significant role in Islamic art. They were used in both religious and secular contexts.

By the 14th century, when this panel was made, such patterns often combined more than one scheme. However, decorators made no attempt to create an illusion of depth. The picture plane remained deliberately flat, producing patterns that were impressively complex.

Physical description

Wooden panel carved with a niche design filled with geometric and arabesque patterns. There are traces of paint and gilding.

Place of Origin

Central Asia (made)

Date

14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Teak, carved, painted and gilded

Dimensions

Height: 101.5 cm measured through case, Width: 49 cm measured through case

Descriptive line

Carved and painted wooden panel from the grave marker of Sayf al-Din Bakharzi, Uzbekistan (Bukhara), 1300-1400.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

B. Brentjes and K. Rührdanz, Mittelasian: Kunst des Islam, Leipzig, 1979, fig. 219-220 (another panel from same enclosure)

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Panel from a Tomb-Marker
Uzbekistan, Bukhara
1300-1400

The panel is from the side of a large wooden box that marked the grave of Sayf al-Din Bakharzi, a celebrated Muslim mystic who died in Bukhara in 1261. The main panel has a pattern of intersecting twelve-sided figures. Long straight rays link groups of small hexagons which are arranged around a six-pointed star.

Teak, carved, painted and gilded

Museum no. 1437-1902 [2006]

Production Note

The panel was part of the box-like wooden tomb-marker placed over the grave of Sayf al-Din Bakharzi. The grave is in a monumental tomb in a cemetery on the outskirts of Bukhara.

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Islam

Collection

Middle East Section

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