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Tanoura
Date: 2015
Culture: Egyptian
Dimensions: Overall: 17 x 14 1/2 x 19 in. (43.2 x 36.8 x 48.3 cm)
Medium: porcelain
Credit Line: Elisabeth Claire Lahti Fund purchase
Label Text: Tanura is a sculptural representation of the tanoura dance, a common, Egyptian folk dance performed primarily by Sufi men. Dancers wear a brightly colored skirt (a tanoura) and spin in a fashion similar to the whirling dervishes of Turkey. The dance is meant to be a meditative act with the aim of attaining spiritual purity. Said is known for creating vessels with loosely figurative elements resembling waists, arms, shoulders, etc. In Tanura he abandons all functionality of the vessel in order to explore the human form in motion. The sculpture is also adorned with a geometric pattern—a common practice in Islamic art.
Object Number: 2016.38
Currently on view