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Name of Object:

Mashrabiyya

Name in original language:

Shanashil

Location:

`Ayn Najm, Lebanon

Holding Museum:

Lebanese Heritage Museum

Date:

19th century

Type of object:

Architectural sculpture; stonework

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Limestone; engraving

Description:

Element of the traditional Arabic and Islamic architecture. A square shaped limestone engraved mashrabiyya that used to be put mostly on the street side of a building (house or palace…) to decorate windows, loggias and balconies, located on the second storey or higher. It is a forced natural ventilation device, also used in Islamic architecture in order to prevent women from being seen from the exterior. The narrow openings serve both architectural and traditional purposes. It is a beautifully sculpted floral art piece.

Citation of this web page:

Marie Therese Moujabber "Mashrabiyya" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;lb;52;en&id=sculptures

Prepared by: Marie Therese Moujabber

MWNF Working Number: LB 063