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

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
1296
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wood; carved and inlaid with wood
Dimensions:
H. 14 5/8 (37.1cm) W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.236.6
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

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

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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