Handmade and Handcrafted Medieval Arabesque Wall Hanging Or Shelf Art Featuring An Etched Mamluk Old World Antique Window Design
The mosque of Zahir Baybars in Cairo was built in 1268 by this powerful Mamluk Sultan. It was a large structure built for the refugees who flocked to Cairo from Iraq and Syria following the Mongol invasion. When Napoleon came to Egypt he made the mosque into a fort, Fort Sukowlski, and it subsequently became a soap factory and then a bakery. The mosque has laid in a stage of ruin for many years and until recent, no renovation work has ever been done to help it recover. We thought here at The Arabesque we could possibly recapture a glimpse of this grand building's historical beauty. The work we have done here is to recapture a glimpse of the mosque's original beauty and former glory by depicting one of its windows as a home or office decor piece. The arabesque laced window which we have woodburned here is from a historic drawing of that mosque. We have tried to revive a little bit of the history of Zahir Baybars and his amazing era as a Mamluk Sultan. This wall decor piece measures 11 inches at the base and narrows to a 9 inch top. The height of the piece is 13 inches. The basswood plaque we have etched this on preserves it's live edge. It has been stained in a midnight blue color and the window design has been accented with paints. Note: hanging hardware not included.