Wood (rosewood and mulberry); carved, inlaid with carved ivory, ebony, and other woods
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.
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
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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