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Side of wooden beam carved with kufic calligraphy and floral decoration, mounted on wall.
AKM630, Beam, Side

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Wooden beam carved with kufic calligraphy and floral decoration.
AKM630, Beam, Front

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On Display
Beam
  • Accession Number:AKM630
  • Place:Iran
  • Dimensions:239 cm × 20.8 cm
  • Date:14th Century
  • Materials and Technique:Wood, carved and painted

The wooden beam is ornamented with kufic-style decoration. Its surface bears a carved Arabic inscription repeating al-mulk [illah] or "Sovereignty [belongs the Gott]."

The beam’s modest style, its size, and its shape suggest that it and similar beams came from the same structure, possibly a cenotaph. Although wooden cenotaphs were frequently used within tombs, few early and medieval examples have survived.

- Filiz Çakır Phillip 

References

Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts. Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011. IBSN: 9780987846303

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