Door Knockers in Mdina
As strange as it may sound, pre-mediaeval, prior to the invention of door knockers, people used to scratch with their fingernails at one’s door to call for their attention.
Door knockers were found in numerous motifs, shapes and sizes in Malta. Made from ceramic, metal or brass, they often featured maritime motifs such as dolphins, sea horses, and fish. A lot of other designs included other animal designs, heads and the popular Maltese Cross.
The door knockers are as well a metaphor for hospitality regarding the stranger who is searching for shelter.
By Heidi de Carlo
Camera Mohamed Ibrahim
Music Francesco Sultana
Wtih Abbas Mussa Jameah