Photograph: David Franzen, 2007,  © DDFIA, Honolulu, Hawai'i

This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Pair of panels, possibly from a door to a shrine


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Hegira 10th century / AD 16th century or later

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):



Each door: 106.4 x 39.4 x 4.3 cm


Iran or India


This pair of small metal hinged doors is of rectangular shape and is elaborately ornamented on the interior. At the centre of each door is a field of dense arabesques and stars. The lengthy and exquisite Arabic inscription adorning the perimeter of each of these panels proclaims the sanctity of a shrine and requests permission to enter into it. It is signed by one Muhammad Amin al-Kirmani. On the reverse sides of each door are repeating engraved, peaked crosses with studs inset down the centre.

Citation of this web page:

 "Pair of panels, possibly from a door to a shrine" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;EPM;us;Mus22;35;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 35


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

House of Muhammad Ali

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Gold and Silver


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