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Tablet from Set 7 from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes

Tablet from Set 7 from the series Les Septs Stations Célestes

2018

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maker

Rachid Koraïchi

(Algerian, b. 1947)

Alabaster

Overall: 49.5 x 49.5 x 3.2 cm (19 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2020.221.a

Edition: Set 7 of 7

Location

Did you know?

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

Description

Rachid Koraïchi's Les Septs Stations Célestes (The Seven Heavenly Stations) pairs two stone tablets. The right bears text, while the left combines text, drawings, and elements drawn from the artist’s personal lexicon. His unique visual language blends Chinese, Sumerian, Hebrew, and Arabic letterforms with numbers, codes, and drawings. Their calligraphy recalls manuscript pages, while their material evokes Middle Eastern and Swahili Coast tombstones. The right tablet is the beginning of the prose-poem “On Children” by Lebanese-American writer and painter Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931).

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

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