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Ejnar Fugmann served as architect-in-chief on two Danish
archaeological expeditions to Syria, first to Hama (1931-38) and
much later to Jabla (1958-61). He was a skilled artist and spent
much of his spare time painting watercolours of local monuments and
daily life. While he also painted scenes from other parts of Syria
such as Aleppo and Krak de Chevaliers, his portraits of Hama and
Jabla are especially compelling for the witness they bear to two
towns before modern development changed their appearance
In addition to the waterwheels on the Orontes and other scenes from daily life, his watercolours from Hama show the 'Azm and Kilani mansions, the Han Rustam bazaar, the Great Mosque and the Abul-fida Grave Mosque, presented in their cultural and historical context. The Jabla watercolours focus on scenes in the town, by the harbour and around the expedition house.
This handsome volume is introduced by P.J. Riis, who participated in the excavation of Hama and directed the Jabla expedition. He provides an especially vivid account of Hama in the 1930s, with its horse-drawn cabs and constantly turning waterwheels. Hama and Jabla offers a colourful window on a world that no longer exists. It will interest armchair time travellers as well as serious students of Islamic architecture and history.
Table of contentsEjnar Fugmann and his Syrian Watercolours
An Introductory Contribution by P.J. Riis
Hama in the 1930s
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