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Name of Object:


Name in original language:



`Ayn Najm, Lebanon

Holding Institution:

Lebanese Heritage Museum

 About The Lebanese University, `Ayn Najm

Date of Object:

19th century

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Limestone; engraving


The mashrabiyya is a decorative architectural element characteristic of residences in the Arab world. It was generally used on windows or balconies on the second floor or above. As well as being a natural ventilation device, the mashrabiyya served the purpose of shielding the occupant from the vision of passers' by, whilst still allowing natural light to pass through the gaps. This particular piece is square shaped and made of limestone, sculpted in floral patterns.

Citation of this web page:

Marie Therese Moujabber "Mashrabiyya" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;lb;52;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Marie Therese Moujabber
Copyedited by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: LB 063

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