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‘Nu’ Shabtis – Liberation

Zahed Taj-Eddin and Djed pillar

Syrian archaeologist and ceramic artist, Zahed Taj-Eddin, has recreated the ancient Egyptian technology of faience – an artificial ceramic body made using crushed quartz, and glazed by different methods using mineral-based glazing powders which bond with the body during the firing process. In particular, a copper compound creates the distinctive turquoise colour that we most […]

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Designing the Damascus Room display

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By Kate Beaumont, exhibition designer I enjoyed working with Mariam on the Damascus Room case. Despite the relatively short amount of time to design and deliver the project, the design process itself was reasonably straight forward, and helped by Mariam’s clear direction in terms of objects and approximate layout. The aim was to reuse and […]

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The Damascus Room is ready to receive visitors!

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The Damascus Room display was ready just in time to coincide with yesterday’s conference, Culture in Crisis. We thought you might like to see how we put the display together! First, Phil Collett and Keith Hartnell from the Museum’s Print Unit installed the graphics. The watercolour sketch we have used as a contextual image for […]

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Preparing the Damascus panels

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In December, Mariam described our plans for a small display about the objects from the V&A’s Damascus Room. During the last month, we have been looking more closely at how we will prepare for display the decorated wooden panels that formed part of the room. Damascus interiors are to be found in at least 17 collections […]

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A room from Damascus

The Damascus Room as it looked around 1932, when it was installed in the Bethnal Green Museum (V&A: 1784-1932) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In April 2015 the V&A will open a small display in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art about the 18th-century interior from Damascus that we used to have in our collection. Used to have you might say? This is quite a complicated story, which I am gradually uncovering. In the 18th century, the principal reception […]

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Culture in Defiance: Syria Speaks

An exhibition at Rich Mix this week presents a range of street art from the uprising in Syria. Guest blogger Nawara Mahfoud introduces the role that graffiti plays. The Syrian revolution started with graffiti, a dozen schoolchildren scribbled on the wall of their school, “The people want to overthrow the regime.” Two years on, more […]

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