One of a pair of doors (broken and repaired; four patches)

citation

One leaf of a double door (broken and repaired; four patches).
Decoration cut in counter-sunk relief to an average depth of .019; ten inscriptions in ornamented kufi script.

Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, late 11th century
Medium
Wood
Dimensions
H x W: 144 x 48.3 cm (56 11/16 x 19 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1935.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Architectural Element
Type

Door

Keywords
Iran, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1935
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Description

One leaf of a double door (broken and repaired; four patches).
Decoration cut in counter-sunk relief to an average depth of .019; ten inscriptions in ornamented kufi script.

Inscription(s)

Upper medallion:
[Arbc]
wa-inna l'-masajida li-llahi wa-la tad'u ma'a 'llahi ahadan (Koran 72:18) sadaga 'llahu 'l-'azim
"Mosques belong to God, so invoke none beside God. God the almighty has spoken the truth."

Small circles:
[Arbc] 'Ali
[Arbc] Fatima

Small square:
[Arbc] Allah
[Arbc] Muhammd
[Arbc] al-Hasan
[Arbc] al-Husayn

Center medallion:
[Arbc]
Qala 'llahu tabaraka wa-ta'ala, wilayat 'Ali bn Abi-Talib 'alayhi ';-salam hisni, wa-man dakhala hisni amina min 'iqabi
"God--blessed and exalted be he--said, 'The sainthood of Ali b. Abi-Talib--upon whom be peace--is my fortress, and whosoever enters my fortress is safe from my torment.'"

Circle in the middle of center medallion:
[Arbc]
sl-salat 'imad al-din
"Prayer is the pillar of religion."

Bottom medallion:
[Arbc]
inna 'llaha wa-mala'ikatahu yusallluna 'ala 'l-nabiyi ya ayyuha 'lladhina amanu sallu 'alayhi wa-sallimu tasliman (Koran 33:56)
"God and his angels pray for the prophet. O those who believe, pray for him and give him greetings."

Published References
  • Sheila Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom, Anne E. Wardwell. Re-evaluating the Date of the "Buyid Silks" by Epigraphic and Radiocarbon Analysis. vol. 22 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 6, 22.
  • Richard Ettinghausen Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. see remarks, pl. 1461.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. appendix 3, pl. 1.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. pl. 1.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum