Name of Object:

Screen

Location:

Stockholm, Sweden

Holding Museum:

Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet)

About Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet), Stockholm

Date of Object:

Hegira 11th–13th centuries / AD 17th–19th centuries

Museum Inventory Number:

S. N

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wood; latticework.

Dimensions:

Height 183, width 62.5 cm, 77 cm, 66 cm

Period / Dynasty

Ottoman / Muhammad Ali period

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

The screen consists of three wooden hinged panels filled with latticework. Each panel is structured in square and rectangular sections of different sizes that show a diversity of geometric designs. Vertical, horizontal and diagonal bars linked by balls with flattened surfaces form the small and large squares, hexagons and abstract flower-like motifs of the latticework. The combination of all these elements in varying density creates the vivid impression of the surfaces. In addition, small hinged apertures and a bay window are integrated in the pattern of the two external panels and the middle panel.

View Short Description

Screen consisting of three panels filled with latticework. Each panel is structured in square and rectangular sections. They show geometric designs formed of vertical, horizontal and diagonal bars. Small hinged apertures and a bay window are also integrated in the pattern.

How date and origin were established:

Screens with the same technique and similar designs are housed in the Louvre Museum, Paris, for which an Egyptian provenance from palaces and houses dating from the 11th–13th / 17th–19th centuries is proved.

How Object was obtained:

There is no information about acquisition.

How provenance was established:

Screens with the same technique and similar designs are housed in the Louvre Museum, Paris, for which an Egyptian provenance from palaces and houses dating from the 11th–13th / 17th–19th centuries is proved.

Selected bibliography:

Anglade, E., Catalogue des Boiseries de la Section Islamique, Paris, 1988.
Brisch, K. (ed.), Islamische Kunst: Loseblattkatalog unpublizierter Werke aus deutschen Museen, 2, Mainz, 1985, cat. no. 385.
Lane-Pool, S., The Art of the Saracens in Egypt, London, 1886.

Citation of this web page:

Friederike Voigt "Screen" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;se;Mus01;27;en

Prepared by: Friederike VoigtFriederike Voigt

Friederike Voigt has an MA in Iranian studies, history of art and social science and is currently working on her doctoral thesis on wall tiles in architectural decoration of Qajar Iran. Since 2004 she has been a project-related curator at the Museum for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm for Museum With No Frontiers. She studied at Humboldt University in Berlin, at the University of Tehran and archaeology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. She taught Persian language at several universities in Germany. She was an assistant curator at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Cultures at the Museum of Ethnology, State Museums of Berlin. Her main fields of interest are the material culture of Iran, especially of the Qajar period, and contemporary Iranian art.

Copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: SE 29

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