View of the Holy mosque, Mecca, carved wood on fabric ground on Collections Sphere from Khalili Collections
This view of Mecca is intricately carved in wood and dates from the early 20th century. The wood is likely linden wood, which is soft, lightly grained and easily worked, so it is ideal for elaborate carving. The background is made of a light-coloured satin.
Mecca is depicted with the Ottoman Ajyad fortress on the Jabal Ajyad range dominantly in the background. Around the Ka’bah are buildings, which were once situated within the haram; the buildings and fortress no longer exist.