Repetition of three words, undeciphered.
Combining a mix of floral and epigraphical elements, this wood panel is an example of the fine woodcarving that characterised the Merinid dynasty. The Merinid dynasty overthrew the Almohads in the late thirteenth-century and their carving of wood panels can be seen as an extension of a tradition begun by the previous dynasty. In a pleasing contrast to the square Kufic inscription, each calligraphic section surrounds a floral motif. This example can be compared to numerous other fourteenth-century wood panels from both North Africa and Spain, an example of which was sold in these rooms, 5 April 2006, lot 117. It depicted stylised Kufic letters with foliage encased in arches. Unlike that panel, whose focus was on the architectural shapes, the present panel seems centred on the calligraphic elements - the Kufic inscription takes the place of the architecture and is used to separate the sections.
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