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Mashrabiyya Screen

Mashrabiyya, or wooden window screens, usually have small windows from which the onlooker can see passersby without being seen or conduct a conversation with those outside. In these large mashrabiyya screen panels an example of such windows can be seen taking a horseshoe or curved arch shape.

Credit: Gift of S.S. Howland, 1910 ...
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15th-16th century
Wood; turned
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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