Pair of Minbar Doors
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A minbar, or pulpit, consists of a podium reached by stairs with doors such as these at its base. It is used in mosques by imams, prayer leaders, to deliver the sermon at the main service of the week, at noon on Friday. These doors, with the intricate geometric inlay typical of the Mamluk period, are thought to come from the fourteenth‑century mosque of Saif al‑Din Qawsun in Cairo (ca. 1325–30). They were one of the earliest bequests to the Met Museum, donated by Edward C. Moore, a designer at Tiffany and Co. who was inspired by Islamic art.
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Artist: Mamluki period craftsman