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Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. (Photo: David Franzen, 2012.)

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Ceiling of the Smaller Syrian Room
Date: ca. 1800
Dimensions: Overall: 146 3/4 x 219 3/4 in. (372.7 x 558.2cm)
Medium: Wood, pigments, gilding, metal leaf, translucent glazes
Credit Line: Courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Description: The painted wood panels forming a perimeter around the ceiling of the small Syrian Room feature cartouches with large floral rosettes, landscape scenes with buildings and Cyprus trees, and various arabesque scroll patterns. The seven panels vary in width and length and were originally part of two distinct ceilings in a reception room, or <EM>qa‘a</EM> (Arabic: hall), in a late-Ottoman Damascene courtyard home known as the “Quwatli” house (after its ostensible owners). These original ceilings would have resembled a carpet, with a central field surrounded by narrow borders with cartouches. This type of ceiling was very different from the exposed wood beam example in the large space of the Syrian Room (64.13).
Object Number: 64.19