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Author Gouverneur, Haajar.

Title Doors of the kingdom / photographs by Haajar Gouverneur ; calligraphy by Mohamed Zakariya.

Published New York : Aperture ; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia : Dar Nun, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  721.82209538 GOUV GD10    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 93 pages : illustrations (mostly colour) ; 32 cm
Notes Errata slip inserted.
Summary Doors of the Kingdom is a unique collection of photographs depicting the ancient and disappearing craft of doormaking in Arabia. The Islamic concept of hurma, or sanctity of a place of dwelling or worship, is recurrent throughout Arabic poetry and literature. The door (bab), preserver of sanctity, becomes symbolic of the boundary between public and private space, and between the profane and the sacred.
In 1995, Haajar Gouverneur traveled throughout the Arabian Peninsula photographing each region's distinctive doorways and the remaining artisans who make them. The doors of Arabia, painstakingly hand-carved from the wood of the Al-Athel trees, Last in their exquisite variety for hundreds of years. This ancient craft, passed down from generation to generation in the central and northern regions of Saudi Arabia, is now nearly extinct. Modern materials, technology, and changing priorities threaten the continuity of the sacred and artisanal tradition of doormaking.
Other author Zakariya, Mohamed U., 1942-
Subject Doors -- Saudi Arabia.
ISBN 0893818178