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Cizre mosque doors

The double doors of the Cizre mosque (built 1155-1160 by the Atabegs of Mosul) measure 300 x 112 cm. and consist of a timber frame plated with beaten copper sheets attached to the wood by nails. They are elaborately decorated with brass rods forming an interlocking design of twelve-pointed stars, in the spaces between which are plaques with openwork designs of scrolls with rumi-palmette motifs. A text in a band across the tops of the doors is supposed to be a later addition. One of the two identical doorknobs was stolen in 1969 and taken to the David Collection in Copenhagen. The lion holding it remained in place. A double dragon is frequently found on Artukid coins. They are often combined with lions, together they protect and represent sun and moon.
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