Dar Si Said is a large palace built in the second half of the 19th century by Si Said Ben Moussa, who served as Minister of War under the regency of his brother Ba Hmad.
The building is a testament to the grandeur and opulence of the monumental art and domestic architecture of 19th century Morocco.
Much of the collection of this regional museum comes from Marrakech and the southern regions of Morocco, especially the areas of Tensift, Sous, Haut-Atlas, Anti-Atlas, Bani and Tafilalet. The collection contains uniform sets of woodwork, jewellery, weapons, pottery and ceramics, carpets and weavings, as well as some archaeological pieces including an early 11th century marble vessel.
Since August 2002, the Dar Si Saïd Museum has been presenting an exceptional thematic exhibition on wood titled ‘Wood — Art and Usages’.
Contributed to by other museum collections throughout the Kingdom, the Dar Si Saïd museum offers an epitome of wood collections from the 12th century to the present day. In addition to their historical value (Almohad, Wattassid, Saadian coins, etc.), the collections provide information on craft techniques (sculptures, engravings, assembling, turning and painting) and decoration (tasstir, tawriki, tachgir and mouqarnas).
Four major sections form the backdrop of the exhibition:
- A section on liturgical furnishings and objects which is located on the first section of the ground floor and is composed of a minbar, rosaries, Qur’anic tablets, etc.
- A section on wooden architecture, located on the second section of the ground floor, and is represented by traditional wooden elements of rural architecture: lintels, crows, soles, doors, etc.
- A section on domestic furniture which is located on the upper floor and offers a rich series of furniture, chests, bridal furniture, mirrors, culinary objects, etc.
- Various wooden objects related to different activities are exhibited in the four rooms of the large riad. These include traditional tools and musical instruments, old weapons and objects related to bodily hygiene.
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