Pair of Doors Carved in the 'Beveled Style'

Object Name: Pair of doors

Date: 9th century

Geography: Found Iraq, probably Takrit. From Iraq, probably Samarra

Medium: Wood (teak); carved

Dimensions: H. 86 1/2 in. (221 cm)
W. 20 1/4 in (51.4 cm)
Combined W. 41 1/4 in (104.8 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in.
Wt. 165 lbs. (74.8 kg) weight includes 31.119.1, 31.1192 and wooden mount without plexi. mount is probably half of this weight.

Classification: Wood

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1931

Accession Number: 31.119.1


This carved pair (with 31.119.2) of teak doors imported into Iraq from Southeast Asia is probably from a royal or domestic residence. They epitomize the Beveled style—a symmetrical, abstract, vegetal form—and were probably originally painted and highlighted with gilding. The doors are said to have been found at Takrit, but were probably originally made in Samarra, the palace city of the Abbasid caliphs for a brief time in the mid‑ninth century.