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Ceiling panel from the Norman Palace in Palermo

Galleria Interdisciplinare Regionale della Sicilia di Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo1130/1200

British Museum

British Museum

The animals on this inlaid ceiling panel are all associated with the royal court, where they were kept as curiosities, as pets 
or for hunting. The complex geometrical design creates an Islamic, eight-pointed star motif. It is in the skillfully executed and inventive carving style that flourished under the opulent Fatimid court in Cairo.

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  • Title: Ceiling panel from the Norman Palace in Palermo
  • Creator: Galleria Interdisciplinare Regionale della Sicilia di Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo
  • Date Created: 1130/1200
  • Location Created: Palermo, Sicily
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 1.34 m
  • Medium: wood
  • Copyright: Galleria Interdisciplinare Regionale della Sicilia di Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo © Regione Siciliana

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