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Door frame - Doorway


  • Object:

    Door frame

  • Place of origin:

    Agra (made)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved teak, studded with iron bosses

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The doorway in two leaves, the left being provided with an overlap bar. Each leaf is divided into five square panels, each carved with a spray of double poppy, iris or other flower within a circle formed by a double stem bearing flowers and leaves. The jambs, lintel and superstructure have mouldings and bands carved in floral, trellis and other designs in low relief. Above the lintel are three recessed rectangular panels with floral decoration. There are five short iron chains to secure the door from the outside.

Place of Origin

Agra (made)


late 17th century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved teak, studded with iron bosses


Height: 278.4 cm, Width: 157.2 cm

Object history note

Bought for £100 from Sir Henry E. Dering, Bart (1920/2802) with the information that it was "Taken from an old house at Agra, formerly the residence of a Wazir or other high official of the Mogul Court. Mogul (Period of the Emperor Akbar 1556-1605). Late 16th century".

The Nominal File (MA/1/D952 includes a minute from C. Stanley Clarke dated 23 February 1920 in which he writes "This object, taken from an old house at Agra (formerly the residence of a wazir or a Mogul official of high degree) was purchased by the Late Captain Murray – son-in-law of the present owner – and special sanction had to be obtained from the Government to bring it home". The design of the carved flowering plants suggest that the door is not earlier than the mid-17th century, and is probably later.

Descriptive line

Architecture, teak, carved, Agra, late 17th century

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

Skelton, Robert: The Indian Heritage; Court Life and Arts under Mughal Rule: V&A publication, 1982, ISBN 0906969263, p.28, no.18.


South & South East Asia Collection

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