University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:NEP35
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Islamic
Provenience: Egypt
Cairo
Date Made: 1400-1499
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1499
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Stone
Terracotta
Shell
Technique:Mosaic
Credit Line:Purchased from K. Ispanien, 1919

Description

Large, mosaic. From reception room of an Arab house. With inlaid door and frame.

"Ornamental fountain and basin from the same reception room as the pair of doors in a mosaic frame at the opposite end of this gallery.

The shape of this fountain is typical and can be understood as the plan of a dome on squinches (small arches built across the interior angles between two walls): a reflection of the dome of heaven.

The strap design is made of small colored limestone and ceramic pieces set in a mortar bed."


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Islamic Gallery (1977 - 04 Apr 2016) View Objects in Exhibition

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