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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mosaic of marble, red clay, blue enamel and mother of pearl

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

SPANDRIL, one of a pair. Mosaic of mother-o’-pearl, forming geometrical pattern, filled in with red pottery, with black marble and blue enamel in centres and points within greenstone border. From Cairo. Saracenic. Probably 14th centy. Sight measure, one side, 2 ft. 6 in. Bought (St. Maurice Collⁿ), 50l. the pair.

As described in the ‘List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1884’. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1885. p. 82 - 3

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


14th century (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Mosaic of marble, red clay, blue enamel and mother of pearl


Height: 76.2 cm

Object history note

Bought from the collection of Gaston de Saint-Maurice (1831-1905) in 1884. Saint-Maurice displayed his extensive art collection at the 1878 Paris exhibition, in a gallery entitled L'Egypte des Khalifes. This was part of an official sequence of displays celebrating the history of Egypt, presented by the Egyptian state at this international event. Saint-Maurice held a position at the Khedival court, and had lived in Cairo in 1868-1878. Following the exhibition, Saint-Maurice offered his collection for sale to the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A).

Descriptive line

Mosaic spandrels. Cairo. 14th century.


Earthenware; Enamel; Mother of pearl; Marble




Middle East Section

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