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Carved and Inlaid Door Panel

Find this object in the Pattern in Art Gallery on Floor 2

Complex geometric patterns are a defining characteristic of art from across the Islamic world, expressed here using wood inlaid with ebony and ivory. These doors once adorned the minbar of Amir Qawsun in the historic city of Cairo. A minbar is a mosque pulpit from where the Imam, the leader of congregational prayer in the Islamic faith, delivers his address at Friday noon prayers.

WW.123-124.2008, Wood, Ebony / Ivory Inlay, Mamluk Egypt (Cairo), 1330 CE

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