Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Room 31 | Islamic Middle East gallery

Explore artefacts made over a period of more than 1000 years in the heart of the Islamic world.

Islamic Middle East gallery

Contemporary screen

Wood, metal and stone grilles are commonly used in the Islamic lands to screen windows and openings. They protect interiors from prying eyes, enable people inside to look out without being seen, and encourage air circulation.

This screen is a contemporary work, designed and manufactured for this gallery in 2009. Its pattern, however, is based on a medieval project for a metal door, designed by the engineer Isma╩┐il ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari and preserved in his Book of knowledge of ingenious mechanical devices, compiled in 1206.

Islamic Middle East gallery contemporary screen. © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Islamic Middle East gallery contemporary screen.
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