Fatimid wooden plank with mounted hunter with lance, 11th century


Wood plank with daily life scenes in the Fatimid court. Detail showing mounted hunter with lance. Originally used as decoration on the walls of the Western Fatimid palace such planks were re-used in the Mamluk period to cover the walls of the Mausoleum of Sultan Qalawin but installed reversed as fitting for a religious building.
Country of Origin: Egypt
Culture: Islamic.
Date/Period: Fatimid, 11th C AD.
Place of Origin: Cairo.
Museum of Islamic Art Cairo.



Referenced as figure 153 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
153. Wooden panels from the Fāṭimid Palace, 11th century AD, Fatimid, Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo

Referenced on p12, Saladin and the Saracens by David Nicolle

Referenced on p13, MAA - 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098 by David Nicolle
Carved wooden panels which originally formed one of the doors to the Fatimid Caliph's Palace. (Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo)

Plate G, Men-At-Arms Series 125, The Armies of Islam 7th-11th Centures by David Nicolle & Angus McBride based on this panel.


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