Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by David Harris
Carved panels
Cairo, Egypt
Fatimid period, 11th century
Wood and modern frame
H: 44-47; W: 19 cm
Anonymous gift in memory of Sally Mayer, President of the Jewish Community of Milan
Accession number: B64.12.4274
These panels orginally decorated the Western Fatimid Palace in Cairo. After the palace was destroyed, the Mamluk Sultan Qala'un constructed a hospital (muristan) at the site, reusing the panels in its decoration. The decorative patterns, produced in both high and low relief, depict pairs of animals and birds against a background of scrolls and palmettes. The same patterns also appear on jewelry and other objects.

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir