This Cairo Minbar Door silkscreen print series includes three sets of two 22″ x 22″ prints. We started with the basic print in black on white. Then we additional hand water-colored the second set in black, yellow, ochre, and brown. Finally, we hand water-colored the third set in black, yellow, ochre, brown, and gold.
Source for this pattern: A minbar door in ebony, Aleppo pine, and abura wood with added ivory or bone. The door comes from Cairo, Egypt. It dates from the 14th-15th centuries, with later additions. Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 2019.
In this series, our aim was to experiment with using watercolor added to silkscreen printing for the sake of producing multi-colored variations of a single print. We chose to highlight a portion of the door panel for dramatic effect.