From Lattice to Lacework: Preserving Cairene Woodwork in Historic Cairo

This project’s objective was to document, catalogue and publish the doors and minibars of historic monuments in Cairo, and is a great benefit to a heritage of “anonymous” artifacts deprived from their rightful Register. Project Director: Hind Nabil

This project’s objective was to document, catalogue and publish the doors and minibars of historic monuments in Cairo, and is a great benefit to a heritage of “anonymous” artifacts deprived from their rightful Register. The project aimed to become a reliable source for providing information about the aforementioned doors and minibars, including their history, craftsmanship, durability, artistic value as well as their value as a unique Egyptian cultural heritage element. The proposed catalogue will play a decisive role in monitoring the status of the doors and their whereabouts which may harness threats confronting them. No actual intervention occurred on the scattered woodwork collection, as the main purpose of the project was to document the collection, geo tag it and disseminate information about it in registers online and otherwise. The goal was to involve civil society in playing an active role in safeguarding the doors and minibars at risk from ravages of looting, vandalism, misuse and destruction by using the most efficient up to date documentation and dissemination methods so that these artifacts remain up for future generations.

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Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): NADIM for Heritage and Development Project partner(s): Nawal el Messiri and Asaad Nadim Foundation Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $57,785 Commencement Date: 07/2017 Project Status: Completed
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