Roundels with King Spearing Lion

prior to 1971
Overall: 74.2 x 85.7 cm (29 3/16 x 33 3/4 in.)
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Only one roundel is complete, but 9 other partial roundels are also preserved on this fragment.


This fragment preserves tangent and aligned roundels arranged in 3 rows. Each roundel depicts a king with an impaled lion at end of a spear; the image is reversed in alternate columns. The roundels have a pearled border. Interspaces are ornamented with a motif composed of four palmettes in an X formation.
Roundels with King Spearing Lion

Roundels with King Spearing Lion

prior to 1971

Iran or Iraq, in the style of the Abbasid period (750–1258)

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