Set 7 from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes

Set 7 from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes

2018

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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: 17.94 kg (39.55 lbs.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2020.221

Edition: Set 7 of 7

Location

Did you know?

Each of these digitally carved alabaster tablets weighs about 35 pounds!

Description

The paired alabaster tablets of Les Septs Stations Célestes contrast Arabic calligraphy (right) with Rachid Koraïchi's unique visual language and drawings (left). Sculpted texts, they evoke historic Islamic architecture, especially Cairo’s gleaming “Alabaster Mosque.” These tablets feature excerpts from Lebanese-American writer and painter Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931) on the subject of love. The word “love” repeats throughout the works, emphasizing its centrality.

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

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