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Panels from Sultan Lajin's Minbar at the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo

Object Name:
Wood; carved and inlaid with wood
H. 14 5/8 (37.1cm) W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
Not on view
Before becoming sultan, Husam al-Din Lajin spent a year in hiding at the dilapidated Ibn Tulun Mosque. He vowed to renovate the mosque someday, and an enormous minbar was the result, dismantled in the late 19th century and dispersed in several museum collections. A copy based on a traveler's drawing now stands in the mosque.
Minbar of mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun, Cairo (Coste, Pascal, 'Architecture Arabe ou Monuments du Kaire'. Paris, 1839)

A. Beaudry Collection ; [ Panayotis Kitycas, Cairo, until 1907; sold to Albert M. Lythgoe for MMA]
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