Egypt; 13th century
H: 24; W: 57.6 cm
The panel holds the shahada, the Muslim profession of faith: “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his Messenger,” carved in the powerful Thuluth script that was found in so many contexts under the Mamluks. The script stands on a background of entwined tendrils that can be viewed as a stylized depiction of vines.
The panel’s origins are unknown. Despite the text’s religious character, the possibility that it comes from a secular building cannot be excluded.
Inv. no. 33/1986
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