Dar Si Said is a large palatial residence 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.
A living testimony to Moroccan art and domestic architecture of the 19th century, the monument presents architecture of grandeur and opulence.
Most of the collections in this regional museum come from Marrakech and the southern regions of Morocco, particularly Tensift, Sous, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, Bani and Tafilalet. These are related sets of woodwork, jewellery, vessels and ceramics, weapons, carpets and weavings, and some archaeological pieces, including a marble vat from the early 11th century.
Since August 2002, the Dar Si Saïd Museum has been hosted an exceptional thematic exhibition focusing solely on wood: Wood – Art and Uses. Chosen from museums throughout the kingdom, the Dar Si Said Museum displays the best examples of wood art from the 12th century to today. In addition to their historical value (Almohad, Wattassid and Saadi pieces), the collections inform us about artisanal techniques (sculptures, engravings, carpentry, filming and painting) and decoration such as tasstir (geometric woodwork), and mouqarnas (ornamental vaults).
The exhibition is divided into four main areas:
– Liturgical furniture (first section on the ground floor) includes a minbar, rosaries and Qur’anic tablets.
– Architectural wood (second section on the ground floor) is represented by traditional pieces and elements of rural architecture: lintels, corbels, pedestals and doors.
– Domestic furnishings (upstairs) includes a wide range of furniture, chests, bridal goods, mirrors and cooking tools.
– Diverse objects (also upstairs) related to the various uses of wood in different fields. These are exhibited in the four rooms of the grand riad (traditional musical instruments and tools, antique weapons and objects for personal grooming).
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