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Pair of Minbar Doors

Date Added

09/07/2019

Content Type

Art And Craft

Category

Furniture

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Subject Area

Interior Design


Description


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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Type of Work:

Artist: Mamluki period craftsman

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