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Title: 78 – Interior of House, Damascus
Authors: Thomas Mason Optician
Thomas Mason Optician
South Dublin Libraries Local Studies
Keywords: Clondalkin Branch Library
lantern slide
Holy Land
Issue Date: 1910
Publisher: Thomas Mason Optician, 5-6 Dame St Dublin.
Description: Slide 78: one of a collection of lantern slides shown at Clondalkin branch library c 1910. Description given in booklet: The lofty rooms are adorned with a rich inlaying of many colours, and illuminated writing on the walls. The floors are of marble. There is no furniture that can interfere with the cool, palace-like emptiness of the apartments. A divan runs round the three-walled sides of the room; a few Persian carpets are sometimes thrown about near the divan; they are placed without order – the one partly lapping over the other – and thus deposed they give to the room an appearance of uncaring luxury. Except these there is nothing to obstruct the welcome air – the whole of the marble floor, from one divan to the other, is thoroughly open and free. So simple as this is Asiatic luxury. “The broad, cold marble floor, the simple couch, the air – freshly waving through a shady chamber – a verse of the Koran emblazoned on the wall, the sight and sound of falling water, the cold fragrant smoke of the narghilé – all these, the utmost enjoyments of the grandee, are yet such as to be appreciable by the humblest Mussulman in the Empire.’
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10599/11802
Latitude: 33.884045
Longitude: 35.510467
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Appears in Collections:The Holy Land: a reading; a description of a series of lantern slides

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