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Panel from a wall cupboard

Panel from a wall cupboard

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Cairo (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Large rectangular panel from a wall cupboard, carved from wood with a symmetrical arrangement of two large doors, each decorated with a geometric motif consisting of rhomboid panels radiating from a central star, framed within rectangular panels and surrounded by small polylobed niches; the top part of the cupboard has a row of colonnaded polylobed arches, while the bottom has a band of rectangular panels.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Cairo (made)


1700-1799 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood


Height: 210.8 cm, Width: 243.8 cm, Depth: 10 in

Object history note

Bought from the collection of Gaston de Saint-Maurice (1831-1905) in 1884. Saint-Maurice displayed his extensive art collection at the 1878 Paris exhibition, in a gallery entitled L'Egypte des Khalifes. This was part of an official sequence of displays celebrating the history of Egypt, presented by the Egyptian state at this international event. Saint-Maurice held a position at the Khedival court, and had lived in Cairo in 1868-1878. Following the exhibition, Saint-Maurice offered his collection for sale to the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A).

Descriptive line

Large rectangular panel from a wall cupboard, carved from wood with doors and panels in geometric patterns, Egypt, Cairo, Ottoman Period, 1700-1800

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

‘List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1884’. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1885. p. 85




Woodwork; Africa; Architecture


Middle East Section

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