Stucco Tile

Unknown550 AH

The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

A large ten-pointed star stucco tile moulded in relief, filled with a large quadruped, set against a background of proportionately small foliate scrolls bearing split-palmettes and a raised beaded border frames the tile. The decoration in relief shows the figure of a large griffin marchant facing right with rounded muscular leonine body enlivened by a curled ornament decorating the flank and raised foreleg, extending into a proportionately slender elongated curved neck and crested bird's head with a prominent down-curved beak tapering to a point. Springing from the top of the back are upswept wings with graduated cusped tips. The elongated thin tail curves around the rear and outer leg.

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  • Title: Stucco Tile
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 550 AH
  • Physical Dimensions: w50.25 x h49 cm
  • Decoration: Mythical and vegetal carvings.
  • Type: Moulded & carved
  • Rights: al Sabah Collection
  • Medium: Stucco