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Mosque of Sultan Hasan. Minbar and mihrab.

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Mosque of Sultan Hasan. Minbar and mihrab.
14th c Egyptian Mamluk Architecture

MAMLUK Anonymous (1250 - 1517) Primary
14th c
Marble inlay
Cairo. Egypt.
The mirhab in this Egyptian mosque is very richly decorated with multicolored inlaid marbles that are intricately cut. It is highlighted by gilt bands as well. The lavishness of the entire building indicates how far removed fromMohammed's desire for simplicity the decoration had become. On the right is another feature found in Islamic mosques, a MINBAR, which was a type of pulpit located next to the mihrab niche on the qiblah wall. Once a week on Fridays the men of the Moslem community gathered together for communal prayer; it was from the minbar that the leader, known as the IMAM, led the prayers. Minbars were said to have been adapted from the thrones of Christian bishops. The earliest were made of wood, but later stone or marble, like we see here, was added.

Caption: MAMLUK | Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Minbar & mihrab. | Mamluk | Islamic

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