Carved ivory frame with court scenes

Carved ivory frame with court scenes

Date 12th century

Movement Islamic

Medium Ivory

Dimensions 17.75 x 14.33″

Provenance Egypt

Housed at Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin


Continuing in the practice of depicting actions and figures that conflict with the decrees of the Quran, Fatimid artists have here created a beautifully carved ivory frame, depicting musicians, hunters, wrestlers, and wine drinkers.