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  • Place of origin:

    Morocco (made)
    Meknes (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850-65 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood; paint

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A large rectangular shaped shelf, or bracket, made from carved wood, with the central portion carved into eight registers of squares and rectangles, separated by cusped divides. The shelf is painted entirely with patterns of radiating red, yellow, black and white stars and geometric motifs. Along the top of the shelf is a band of carved and painted colonnaded balustrades.

Place of Origin

Morocco (made)
Meknes (possibly, made)


1850-65 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood; paint


Length: 239.5 cm, Height: 31 cm, Depth: 33.5 cm

Object history note

This object was exhibited at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, and later acquired by the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A) for £3 and 4 shillings.

Descriptive line

Carved wooden shelf or bracket decorated with painted geometric patterns, Morocco, Meknes (possibly), 1850-67

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Khireddine Mourad, Francis Ramirez, Christian Rolot. Arts et Traditions du Moroc (Paris: ACR Edition, 1998)


Woodwork; Africa; Architectural fittings


Middle East Section

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