Name of text: History
Author of text: Al-Maqrizi (Taqi al-Din Ahmad ibn 'Ali al-Qadir ibn Muhammed al-Magrizi)
Date of text: Fourteenth-fifteenth century
Date of person in text: 1364-1442
Name of structure in text: Umayyad Mosque/Great Mosque of Damascus
Type of structure in text: mosque
Date of structure in text Eighth century
Century of structure 1: 8 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Syria
Region in text:
City in text: Damascus
Specific place of mosaic in text: Walls
Description of mosaic in text:

Depending on the reports, the pavement of the building was composed entirely of mosaics … the walls were lined with marble up to the height of several toises [one toise = two metres].  Above, reigned a huge vine formed of gold.  Higher one could see small fragments – golds, reds, greens, whites, which represent all the known countries.  The Kaaba was placed above the mihrab, and other regions are depicted, to the right and left, all of them producing trees remarkable for their fruits and flowers and other objects.

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text: red

Al- Maqrizi in trans. M. Quatremere, Histoire des Sultans Mamlouks par Makrizi (Paris: 1837-44), II, pp. 265, 270, quoted in Marguerite van Berchem, ‘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. 136


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