One of a pair of doors (broken and repaired; four patches)

One leaf of a double door (broken and repaired; four patches).
Decoration cut in counter-sunk relief to an average depth of .019; ten inscriptions in ornamented kufi script.

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Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, late 11th century
H x W: 144 x 48.3 cm (56 11/16 x 19 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element


Iran, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300)

To 1935
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1935
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872-1962


One leaf of a double door (broken and repaired; four patches).
Decoration cut in counter-sunk relief to an average depth of .019; ten inscriptions in ornamented kufi script.


Upper medallion:
wa-inna l'-masajida li-llahi wa-la tad'u ma'a 'llahi ahadan (Koran 72:18) sadaga 'llahu 'l-'azim
"Mosques belong to God, so invoke none beside God. God the almighty has spoken the truth."

Small circles:
[Arbc] 'Ali
[Arbc] Fatima

Small square:
[Arbc] Allah
[Arbc] Muhammd
[Arbc] al-Hasan
[Arbc] al-Husayn

Center medallion:
Qala 'llahu tabaraka wa-ta'ala, wilayat 'Ali bn Abi-Talib 'alayhi ';-salam hisni, wa-man dakhala hisni amina min 'iqabi
"God--blessed and exalted be he--said, 'The sainthood of Ali b. Abi-Talib--upon whom be peace--is my fortress, and whosoever enters my fortress is safe from my torment.'"

Circle in the middle of center medallion:
sl-salat 'imad al-din
"Prayer is the pillar of religion."

Bottom medallion:
inna 'llaha wa-mala'ikatahu yusallluna 'ala 'l-nabiyi ya ayyuha 'lladhina amanu sallu 'alayhi wa-sallimu tasliman (Koran 33:56)
"God and his angels pray for the prophet. O those who believe, pray for him and give him greetings."

Published References
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. pl. 1.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, 1935. Washington, 1935-1936. appendix 3, pl. 1.
  • Richard Ettinghausen, Ernst Kuhnel. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present. 6 vols., London and New York, 1938 - 1939. vol. 2: pp. 1359-1360, vol. 3: pp. 2614, 2718, vol. 6: pl. 1461.
  • Sheila Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom, Anne E. Wardwell. Re-evaluating the Date of the "Buyid Silks" by Epigraphic and Radiocarbon Analysis. vol. 22 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 6, 22.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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