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Pair of Doors Carved in the 'Beveled Style'

Object Name:
Pair of doors
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq, probably Takrit; Iraq, probably Samarra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood (teak); carved
Dimensions:
Left door: H. 87 3/4 in. (222.9 cm) W. 21 in. (53.3 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) Right door: H. 86 1/2 in. (219.7 cm) W. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) Wt. 165 lbs. (74.8 kg) weight includes 31.119.1, 31.119.2 and wooden mount without plexi. Mount is probably half of this weight.
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.119.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This carved pair (with 31.119.1) 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 The doors are said to have been found at Takrit, but were probably originally made in Samarra, the palace city of the Abbasid caliphs for a brief time in the mid‑ninth century.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]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 110, ill. fig. 62 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 18-19, ill. fig. 7 (color).

Ali, Wijdan. The Arab Contribution to Islamic Art : From the Seventh to the Fifteenth Centuries. Jordan: The Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan, 1999. p. 70, ill. fig. 39 (b/w).

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).



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