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Author of text: Al-Umari [ibn Fadlallah]
Date of text: c. 1340
Date of person in text: 1301-49
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Description of mosaic in text: The Caliph al-Walid used to transport mosaics from Constantinople to Damascus, that is to say the cubes of gold glass, destined to line the walls of the Great Mosque in Damascus,  to Mecca, to Medina and to Jerusalem; there remains today only remnants in Damascus and Mecca …and remains at Qubbat as-Sakha; all the rest have disappeared.

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
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Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
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Al-Umari, al-Ta’rif, Le Caire, 1312 de l’hegire, p. 185 , quoted in de Lorey, Eustache, ‘Les Mosaiques de la Mosquée des Omayyades a Damas’, in Eustache de Lorey and Marguerite Gautier van Berchem, Monuments et Mémoires (Paris: Foundation Eugene Piot, 1929), p. 134



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