H. 86 1/2 in. (221 cm)
W. 20 1/4 in (51.4 cm)
Combined W. 41 1/4 in (104.8 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in.
Wt. 165 lbs. (74.8 kg) weight includes 31.119.1, 31.1192 and wooden mount without plexi. mount is probably half of this weight.
Fletcher Fund, 1931
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This carved pair (with 31.119.2) of teak doors imported into Iraq from Southeast Asia is probably from a royal or domestic residence. They epitomize the Beveled style—a symmetrical, abstract, vegetal form—and were probably originally painted and highlighted with gilding. The doors are said to have been found at Takrit, but were probably originally made in Samarra, the palace city of the Abbasid caliphs for a brief time in the mid‑ninth century.
[ B. Cooke, Inc., Harrow on the Hill, England, until 1931; sold to MMA]
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Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 23, pp. 23, 45-46, ill. p. 45 (color).
Canby, Sheila R. "The Islamic Galleries at The Met." Arts of Asia, Arts of Asia, vol. 42 (September/October 2012). pp. 83-84, ill. fig. 6 (color).