Photographer's Note

At the risk of repeating myself, I am posting another carved door, this time from Stone Town in (on) Zanzibar. (The first one was from Lamu.) These doors are found all up and down the "Swahili Coast" - basically, the Indian Ocean coasts of Kenya and Tanzania, which have long been ports of call for Arab and Indian traders. Most historians hold that the patterns for these doors came from India; there is even an argument that the commonly used spikes, such as are seen on this door, were intended to keep elephants from breaking them down!

Many of the best doors are now in museums or in private collections, but in towns like Lamu and Stone Town, you can still see them on the streets. I spotted this one and added it to my (photo) collection.

Technical: Some cropping, and some use of levels to bring out the details in the shadows.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Kohanski (Wandering_Dan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 930 W: 150 N: 1023] (3449)
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