Name of Object:

Elements of a shutter


Constantine, Algeria

Holding Museum:

National Museum of Cirta

About National Museum of Cirta, Constantine

Date of Object:

Hegira 406–547 / AD 1015–1152

Museum Inventory Number:

4H Pt 180

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Moulded and enamelled ceramic.


For each element: diameter 13 cm, depth 3 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Qal’at Bani Hammad, Algeria.


Four elements of a shutter, each in the shape of a cross and pierced by a circular hole at its centre. They are covered in green enamel, some of which has disappeared from certain parts.
Golvin (se Bibliography) mentions that the elements that compose this type of ceramic partitioning are usually assembled together with metal studs, and that, in contrast to plaster ones, those of this type do not include any fragments of coloured glass.

View Short Description

These four parts of a screen wall are cross-shaped with a circular hole in their centre. They are covered with a green enamel that has disappeared in places. These parts were usually joined together using metal dowels.

How date and origin were established:

Elements found in the Qal'at Bani Hammad (5th–6th / 11th–12th centuries).

How Object was obtained:

Archaeological repository (Blanchet excavation, 1897).

How provenance was established:

Elements found in the Qal'at Bani Hammad.

Selected bibliography:

Bourouiba, R., Les H'ammadites, Algiers, 1984.
Golvin, L., Recherches archéologiques à la Qal'a des Banû Hammâd (Algérie), Paris, 1965.
Institut du Monde Arabe, L'Algérie en héritage, art et histoire, catalogue, Paris, 2003.

Citation of this web page:

Leila Merabet "Elements of a shutter" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020.;ISL;dz;Mus01;12;en

Prepared by: Leila MerabetLeila Merabet

Titulaire d'un magister en archéologie islamique (spécialité épigraphie arabe), conservateur du patrimoine archéologique et historique, Leila Merabet est chef du service Conservation et Valorisation (section islamique) au Musée national des antiquités. Elle a publié de nombreux articles dans les Annales du Musée national des antiquités.

Copyedited by: Margot Cortez
Translation by: Maria Vlotides
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: AL 16


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