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Fatimid wooden plank with carved dancer, 11th century


Wood plank with daily life scenes in the Fatimid court. Detail showing musician and dancer. Originally used as decoration on the walls of the Western Fatimid palace such planks were re-used in the Mamluk period to cover the walls of the Mausoleum of Sultan Qalawin but installed reversed as fitting for a religious building.
Country of Origin: Egypt
Culture: Islamic.
Date/Period: Fatimid, 11th C AD.
Place of Origin: Cairo.
Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Islamic Museum, Cairo.



Referenced on p.22, The Third Crusade 1191: Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the battle for Jerusalem by David Nicolle

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