University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:NEP37.7
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Egypt
Cairo
Date Made: 1400-1499
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1499
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Wood
Ivory
Stone
Technique:Carved
Iconography:Arabic Inscription
Inscription Language:Naskhi
Credit Line:Purchased from K. Ispanien, 1919

Description

Carved wood and mosaic. Wooden doors carved inlaid with ivory. Frame of mosaic. With large fountain. Martinovitch notes: Carved wooden door No.4 Arabic inscription in four medallions,In the 15th century among the Mamlukes of Egypt there were seven with the name Saif-ad-Din.

[mosaic on viewer's right; bottom]

"Pair of wooden marquetry doors inlaid with carved ivory and uncarved bone set in a stone mosaic frame. These doors come from the same reception room of a house in Cairo as the large fountain at the opposite end of the gallery. The wood pieces are carved with arabesques or are inlaid with similarly carved but reused ivory plaques and uncarved (camel) bone strips. They are arranged in a geometrical design base on a 12-point star.

The ivory panels at the top and bottom of each door bear inscriptions in Naskhi (cursive) script reading "Of what was made by the order of his Excellency, the noble, the exalted, lord, Amir, the generous, Saif (ad-Din), the king, the victorious."

The frame is made of red, black, and white stone mosaic in the star and cross pattern."


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