Dado with interlaced arches (type 7a)

Dado carved in bas-relief (type 7a). The decoration is composed of two horizontal sections: the upper section consists of incised half-palmettes; the lower section consists of a sequence of interlaced trilobated arches. The arches, which enclose an incised vegetal motif, alternate with vertical motifs created by split-palmettes and fleur-de-lis.

The height of the only panel with known dimensions is 35 cm (incomplete), its width 40 cm; its thickness is unknown.

Most of the artifacts were found re-employed in the Ghazni area; one was excavated in the house of the luster wares in Ghazni (both excavation and surveys occurred in the late 1950s-1970s); another was first recorded in the Ghazni new storerooms in 2002.

This type might have been used as an architectural dado or as a tomb paneling. It differs from dadoes type 7 mainly for the presence of vegetal motifs between the arches.


 

Ghazni

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