Fatimid dancer on an ivory panel, 11th-12th century



Panel with dancer, 11th-12th century, Egypt. Openwork ivory with incised decoration and traces of paint.

Watched closely by a spectator who holds a cup, a dancer performs a dance in which the movements are accentuated by the veils he holds in his hands. This type of dance is still performed throughout the Mediterranean world to this day. Louvre Museum, Paris, Department of Islamic Art, Richelieu, room 3.
Inv. nos. OA 6265/2; OA 6266 (21.4 x 5.7 cm.).

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