A North African wood Ceiling
Lot 241W
An Ottoman wood Ceiling North Africa, 19th Century or later(2)
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 50,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
An Ottoman wood Ceiling
North Africa, 19th Century or later
composed of two rectangular panels forming a square, the geometric decoration centred around a medallion containing symmetrical split palmettes, the thirty-two points with issuing radial panels interspersed with panels carved in relief with scrolling split-palmettes, each corner with geometric decoration centred around a part-stellar motif, interspersed with further panels containing palmettes and split-palmettes
248 x 248 cm. (2)


  • The decorative scheme of an even-numbered-pointed star around which a geometric design is formed is commonly found on Islamic architectural wood elements and other media. It first appears during the Fatimid period, of which there is an example in the form of a minbar presented in AD 1091 to the shrine of Husayn at 'Asqalan in Palestine and now in the Haram al-Khalil, Hebron. The technique was developed subsequently in Syria under the Zengids and Ayybids but was well established in Egypt by the late 12th Century (see The Arts of Islam,Exhibition Catalogue, 8 April to 4 July 1976, Hayward Gallery, no. 450). This particular ceiling panel with its theme around a 32-pointed star can be paralleled with a pair of monunmental doors at the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh built in the late 19th Century (see Francois Peuriot and Philippe Ploquin, Arabesques. Decorative Art in Morocco, Paris 1999, p. 188).