Semi-circular lunette from above a double window

citation

Historical period(s)
second half 14th century
Medium
Gray limestone
Dimensions
H x W x D: 79.2 × 132.5 × 16 cm (31 3/16 × 52 3/16 × 6 5/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1936.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Architectural Element, Stone
Type

Lunette

Keywords
Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1936
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1936 [1]

From 1936
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York in 1936 [2]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Freer Gallery or Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Dikran Garabed Kelekian 1868 - 1951

Label

This stone relief panel originally served as the lunette for a pair of tall, narrow windows in a secular building. The cusped window openings at the lower edge of the lunetter are surmounted by a pair of seated lions. Another striding lion marks the center of the lunette's outer band, in which an antelope and winged griffin are depicted to the left and a winged sphinx and stag to the right.
The lunette belongs to a group of related architectural elements found in the town of Kubatcha in the Russian region of Dagestan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. The dating of these pieces is based on the style of their animal and floral decoration.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum