DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16/06-23/09 2007


Enamel Board

© MAK–Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst

Lacquer panel Haddschi Maqsud At-Tabrizi
This panel is a fragment, although it cannot be clearly determined what this panel was originally used for. You may think of a large, heavy cabinet with panels of this kind attached to its framework. In any case, it was a representative object for which valuable stone inlays were covered with lacquer. The exhibited objects are part of the so-called "hundred antique pieces", a heraldic and symbolical assemblage of antique pieces, works of art and ritual objects. The order of these "hundred antique pieces" is by no means predetermined but can vary each time it is exhibited. Some even assume it was possible to include an artist's own collection in such an assemblage. The vessels and works of art are scattered in a pattern across the dark lacquered surface, each object standing for its own, equal to a list of items in collection.