View of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, carved wood on fabric ground on Collections Sphere from Khalili Collections
This view of the Prophet’s mosque 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.
The mosque is depicted from the viewpoint of the courtyard, surrounded by a desert landscape, with a small encampment and the occasional camel. To the lower right of the courtyard is a small map of the Arabian peninsula.