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Name of Object:



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Holding Museum:

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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Date of Object:

c. Hegira 800-1300 / c. AD 1400-1900

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wood, metal, ebony, ivory; carving, jointing, hinges, door lock, inlaying


304.7 x 141.8 x 10.5cm (entire panel); 206.9 x 46.5 x 6.5cm (left door); 206.8 x 45.5 x 7cm (right door)

Period / Dynasty:





This Mamluk wooden door with its ivory-inlaid panels presents an outstanding example of Mamluk wood carvings of the first half of the 14th century. The door consists of a pair of folded panels, displaying geometric strap-work composition forming a twelve-pointed star with twelve lobes. The lobes are carved and inlaid with ivory. The door displays two calligraphic panels; one containing Qur’anic verses and the second is an aphorism. It is mounted to a 19th century frame representing an elegant Oriental mount. The frame is decorated with interwoven geometric composition and displays one epigraphic panel of knotted calligraphic composition within cartouche.

How provenance was established:

- Ex-Collection Octave Borelli Bey (1849–1911);

- Thence by descent.

Selected bibliography:

Burgoyne, M.H., Some Mameluke Doorways in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Jerusalem British School of Archaeology, 1971.

Citation of this web page:

 "Door" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;my;Mus21;45;en

MWNF Working Number: MY1 45