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Excavation of Samarra (Iraq): Fragments of Wall-Paintings and Reconstructed Color Pattern, from the Palace of the Caliph (Dar al-Khilafa, Jawsaq al-Khaqani, Bayt al-Khalifah), Square Reception-Hall Block, Room Identified as a Harem graphic

Excavation of Samarra (Iraq): Fragments of Wall-Paintings and Reconstructed Color Pattern, from the Palace of the Caliph (Dar al-Khilafa, Jawsaq al-Khaqani, Bayt al-Khalifah), Square Reception-Hall Block, Room Identified as a Harem [graphic]
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Creator
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948
Uniform title
Islamic art and architecture series
Subject
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948
Date
1911-1913
Type
Photographic prints
Physical Description
1 photographic print : b&w ; 11.9 cm. x 17 cm
1 photographic print : ill., hand col. ; 12 cm. x 16.5 cm
Restrictions & Rights
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
Local number
FSA A.06 04.PF.21.027
Notes
- Title is provided by Xavier Courouble, FSg Archives cataloger, based on Friedrich Sarre's publication, "Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra, vol. 3: Die Malereien von Samarra."
Prints related primarly to the second campaign of excavation at Sāmarrā' (Iraq), carried out by Ernst Herzfeld on behalf of the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin in 1912 and 1913.
Finding aid available in the Archives Department and on Internet http://www.asia.si.edu/archives/finding_aids/herzfeld.html#series4
Organization
Prints are organized in sequential number following publication series, "Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra." They are arranged in photo file folders which are housed in document boxes, and stored on shelves
Summary
Original publication caption reads, "Djausaq, Harem. Schaltänzerinnen mit tieren als füllwerk. Teile von Tieren." [Herzfeld, Ernst, 1927: "Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra, vol. 3; Die Malereien von Samarra. Verlag Dietrich Reimer Ernst Vohsen, Berlin. Pp. 29-32, and Plate XXIX, right.]
Additional information from Archives staff reads, "Samarra was founded by the Abbasid Caliph al-Mu'tasim (r. 833-842) in 836 AD to serve as his imperial capital. [...] The construction of the many mosques and palaces at Samarra fostered an early flowering of architectural decoration. What mainly survives today are wall revetments in carved stucco and wall paintings on fine gypsum surfaces. Earlier Iranian (Sassanian) decorative styles influenced much of the carved stucco panels found at Samarra. The decoration was primarily based on vegetal forms but later developed into more abstract motifs. The wall paintings illustrate a wide range of subjects such as geometric patterns and courtly scenes with figurative representations of listening and playing music, banqueting and dancing. Depictions of animals, especially camels and birds also feature on fragments recovered from the site. [...] Construction halted at Samarra in about 880 AD and later was abandoned by the Caliph and his court in 892." [Lucia Burgio, Robin J.H. Clark, Mariam Rosser-Owen, "Raman analysis of ninth-century Iraqi stuccoes from Samarra", Journal of Archaelogical Science 34 (2007) 756-762."]
Additional information from Archives staff reads, "No existing negative."
Publications
Herzfeld, Ernst, 1927: "Die Ausgrabungen von Samarra, vol. 3; Die Malereien von Samarra. Verlag Dietrich Reimer Ernst Vohsen, Berlin. Plate XXIX, right."
Cite as
The Ernst Herzfeld papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C
Repository Loc.
Shelves Box 11, Photo File 21
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
Data Source
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
See more items in
Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 4: Photographic Files 1903-1947
Place
Iraq, Salah ad-Din, Samarra, Dar al-Khilafa
Asia
Iraq
Mesopotamia
Sāmarrā' (Iraq)
Usage