Aug 26, 2020
Aug 26, 2020
Aug 26, 2020
Aug 26, 2020

Set 3, from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes (The Seven Heavenly Stations)

Set 3, from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes (The Seven Heavenly Stations)

2018

Part of a set. See all set records

maker

Rachid Koraïchi

(Algerian, b. 1947)

Alabaster

Overall: 49 x 49 x 2.9 cm (19 5/16 x 19 5/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Weight: 17.9 kg (39.46 lbs.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2020.220

Did you know?

Blending historical and high-tech art-making techniques, these tablets’ designs were first drawn, then carved with a digital router.

Description

The paired alabaster tablets of Les Septs Stations Célestes contrast Arabic calligraphy (right) with Rachid Koraïchi’s unique visual language and drawings (left). Over many decades, Koraïchi has developed a personal “alphabet of memory,” blending Chinese, Sumerian, Hebrew, Tamazight (Amazigh), Tifinagh (Tuareg), and Arabic letterforms or symbols with numbers, codes, and drawings. These digitally sculpted tablets evoke historical Islamic architecture, especially Egypt’s gleaming “Alabaster Mosque” in Cairo, made from the same semiopaque stone. This set features excerpts from Lebanese-American writer and painter Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931) on the subject of love. The word love repeats throughout, emphasizing its centrality.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Stone
Medium: 
Alabaster
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.