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Fragment with lions and griffins in combat

1459–1669 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Overall: 50.8 x 71.1 cm (20 x 28 in.)
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A Kufic inscription is in the rectangular frame between each rondel.

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Against a diaper-patterned background are roundels each containing a Tree of Life flanked by a lion and dragon in combat, birds, and griffins. The rondels are framed with a frieze of running animals. Twelve-sided figures in the interspaces enclose diamonds with pairs of confronted birds and animals flanking another Tree of Life.
Fragment with lions and griffins in combat

Fragment with lions and griffins in combat

1459–1669 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)

Iran ?, in the style of the Buyid period (945–1055)

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