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Pair of Minbar Doors

Object Name:
Pair of doors
Date:
ca. 1325–30
Geography:
Egypt, Cairo
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood (rosewood and mulberry); carved, inlaid with carved ivory, ebony, and other woods
Dimensions:
H. 77 1/4 in. (196.2 cm) W. 35 in. (88.9 cm) D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Object encased in weighted freestanding mount. Estimated Wt of piece: 80- 120 lbs.
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.2064
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
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. They were one of the earliest bequests to the Museum, donated by Edward C. Moore, a designer at Tiffany and Co. who was inspired by Islamic art.
Edward C. Moore, New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA)
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Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 99, ill. fig. 44 (b/w).

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 127, ill. fig. 71 (b/w).

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