Reed wall (zirb) from a bedouin tent

From Syria, AD 1970s

The reed wall (zirb) was used to create a draught-free area around the hearth in the women's section of a bedouin tent.The reeds are joined by coloured wool threads twined around them. Walls such as this were made by craftsmen in Syrian towns. This particularly fine example would have been considered a luxurious addition to any tent.

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S. Weir, The Bedouin: aspects of the ma (World of Islam Festival Publishing Co. Ltd., 1976)


Height: 1.650 m
Length: 7.000 m

Museum number

AOA 1975.As7.1


Gift of H.R.H. Sherif Nasser Bin Jamil


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