Fatimid wood panel with dancer, 12th century

Panel with dancer. 11th-12th century. Egypt. Boxwood with carved and incised decoration.

These small, variously shaped panels were set into grooved, geometrical frames to decorate items of furniture of which no complete example has survived. Widely used by Oriental cabinet-makers, the technique allowed the wood to respond to changes in temperature without splitting.
Louvre Museum, Paris, Department of Islamic Art, Richelieu, room 3.

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