Theodore Van Loan
Multiple Temporalities and the Scene of Time
A Pair of Wooden Doors at the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo
Abstract Art objects are staged and stage themselves in ways that express various types of time and duration. The pair of wooden doors from the Fatimid period discussed in this chapter are staged in a way that make the layered and fragmented condition of temporality central to the experience of seeing them. This chapter unpacks these layers. It includes discussion of epigraphic and stylistic dating, practices of conservation and display, and the visual impact of physical fatigue. All together these layers constitute a dynamic and fluid scene with the object as both an active participant and passive recipient in their constitution.
Keywords Temporality; Materiality; Islamic Art; Ornament; Museum Display