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The door-knockers with dragons at Cizre Ulu Cami (Great Mosque) are regarded as one of the leading examples of the art of Anatolian metal working. After one of these door-knockers was smuggled to Denmark in 1969, the remaining door-knockers was taken under protection at Turkish Arts Museum. In the XI.–XIII Century Anatolian Seljuk Art similar animal figures, dragon and snake figures were frequently used. Dragon figures have a special place in Anatolian art. In the Middle Age Islam world, it was seen as a defender keeping both the door-knockers and the building safe from the evil. The source of this pattern is the Central Asian China art and later it took its place in Sassanian, Scythian, Hun art and in Turkish Twelve-Year Animal Cycle Calendar.

The door-knockers were designed by the famous physicits is and inventor “Ebul-iz İsmail Bin Rezzez El Cezeri” (shortly named as El Cezeri) and made by engraving technique from bronze. Sphinx dragons are depicted as winged creatures with almond eyes and pointed ears; and as biting each other swings. Their bodies are designed as snake skin. One of the dragons symbolizes the river Tigris and the other one symbolizes the Euphrates; the lion or name not placed between them symbolizes the people of Cizre while the eagles close to their tails represent the power of fighting. And for us this figure has a further meaning. The looks of the dragons facing both sides means: Both east and west; the past and the future; our grids in the period of turning from apprentice to qualified and from qualified to master; and on the other hand, the power of modern technology and design; the historical and cultural roots of the geography we live on; and the richness fostering every phase of a fashion trade mark from inspiration to introduction…