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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
c. Hegira 800-1300 / c. AD 1400-1900
Wood, metal, ebony, ivory; carving, jointing, hinges, door lock, inlaying
304.7 x 141.8 x 10.5cm (entire panel); 206.9 x 46.5 x 6.5cm (left door); 206.8 x 45.5 x 7cm (right door)
This Mamluk wooden door with its ivory-inlaid panels presents an outstanding example of Mamluk wood carvings of the first half of the 14th century. The door consists of a pair of folded panels, displaying geometric strap-work composition forming a twelve-pointed star with twelve lobes. The lobes are carved and inlaid with ivory. The door displays two calligraphic panels; one containing Qur’anic verses and the second is an aphorism. It is mounted to a 19th century frame representing an elegant Oriental mount. The frame is decorated with interwoven geometric composition and displays one epigraphic panel of knotted calligraphic composition within cartouche.
- Ex-Collection Octave Borelli Bey (1849–1911);
- Thence by descent.
Burgoyne, M.H., Some Mameluke Doorways in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Jerusalem British School of Archaeology, 1971.
"Door" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;my;Mus21;45;en
MWNF Working Number: MY1 45