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I didn’t get out on a Doorscursion this week so I’ve dug into my NYC trip files to post a door from my May 2016 trip.

One of the “must do” places we visited was the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) there I spied many doors on display!

Here’s one I photographed:

Pair of Carved Doors in the Beveled Style: 9th Century

Information from the MET regarding the pair:

“This carved pair (with 31.119.2) of teak doors imported into Iraq from Southeast Asia is probably from a royal or domestic residence. They epitomize the Beveled style—a symmetrical, abstract, vegetal form—and were probably originally painted and highlighted with gilding. The doors are said to have been found at Takrit, but were probably originally made in Samarra, the palace city of the Abbasid caliphs for a brief time in the mid‑ninth century.”

Carved Doors 9th Century

I loved finding ancient doors in the Museum.  It was nice to know that there have been door lovers for a long, long time, and some thought to save this lovely pair.  🙂

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

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More to come…




  1. I am not sure what I was doing in September, while I missed the NY City photos. Deborah, going back to the 9th century is amazing. I cannot believe the double doors weren’t eaten by termites or bored into by worms. . .
    The ancient carvings are such a sweet capture! 🙂 Excellent example for the doors series.

  2. great image and history lesson Deb. Love your tours!

  3. Really amazing doors and you always give such interesting history!

  4. Wow on the door and your history lesson.

    • Thank you so much Gordon! Who knew doors could lead to increasing ones education? 🙂 I was pretty chuffed to see it in a museum no less!

  5. Wow. A beauty.

    • Thank you Cheryl! It’s in pretty good shape for being so old isn’t it. I should be so lucky! 🙂

  6. I like Janet’s idea of a door museum 🙂
    In fact, I was really impressed when you said you found doors on display IN the museum. These are beautiful ones too. Ninth century – wow!

    • Isn’t that incredible that people from then til now saved these doors!

      A door museum would be good for us no doubt. 🙂

      • I had missed the dating on the doors the first time I read through the post, so I was quite taken aback by how old they were. Incredible they’ve survived.

        • It is isn’t it! I was truly amazed that it survived and has been curated! We’re in good company me thinks. 🙂

  7. Hmm, maybe we need a door museum. 🙂 This set is a treasure.


  8. I like teak wood.

    • Me too! My mom has an old teak trunk that was my Grandmother’s I love. I’m sure that’s where my love of teak started.

      Thank you for the comment and visit!

  9. gorgeous old door – thanks for some history

  10. Ah, what a beautiful door – sad it’s so damaged! Good you had that N.Y. trip, so you could dig into your archives:)

    • Thank you Jesh!

      Thankfully I had the foresight to get as many doors in as I could…knowing I’d need a few for a rainy day. 🙂

      It’s amazing the door has lasted this long at all isn’t it?

  11. Good choice. I’ve seen some nice ones at the Met on previous visits too, but these ones are gorgeous and quite well-preserved considering how old they are.

    • Isn’t it amazing!

      I have a few more doors from the MET that I’m saving for a week when I have nothing new. 🙂
      I have to stock up though so I don’t run out.

  12. Great find Deborah! That’s cool they have ancient doors like this on display.

  13. Those doors are wonderful, Deborah. It would be great to visit a museum totally filled with doors of all types and ages, wouldn’t it? I must google that and see if one exists.

    • That would be would right up our street wouldn’t it! 🙂

      Thank you so much for the comment and thought!

  14. I love that the Met (and most NY museums) let you take photos. That’s beautiful old door, Deborah. I love the carvings.This was a great choice for a day without a door.

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