Door Panel, Mamluk dynasty, wood carved with geometric and arabesque patterns, inlaid with ivory. Panel has modern mount and is set in seperate base which has four small decorative wood panels inset. Remounted 1984.

Door Panel, 14th century

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Mamluk artisans in Cairo were excellent woodworkers whose creations included window grilles, cupboards, doors, and furniture for both secular and religious buildings. These panels most likely served as doors within the spectacular decorative screens that partitioned spaces inside the standard Mamluk mosque. Islamic craftsmen devised geometric compositions in wood, ivory, stone, and tile. These panels are composed of three major zones evolving from an eight-pointed star. Symmetrically arranged polygons of ivory inlay enrich each of these stars, and the theme recurs in each of the zones. Typical of Islamic architecture in general, the entire effect, though highly decorative, retains a sense of geometric logic and order.

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Door Panels (#256)
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Door Panel
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83.79
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Door Panel, Mamluk dynasty, wood carved with geometric and arabesque patterns, inlaid with ivory. Panel has modern mount and is set in seperate base which has four small decorative wood panels inset. Remounted 1984.