Tahfat al-anam fi fiad'il ash sham

Name of text: Tahfat al-anam fi fiad'il ash sham
Author of text: Ahmad al-Buswari/Boswari
Date of text: 1594-95
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: Umayyad Mosque/Great Mosque of Damascus
Type of structure in text: mosque
Date of structure in text 8th 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:

Above the mihrab is the vine (karmah). It is an immense vine in gold. Al-Walid provided, it is said, 70,000 to pay for it.  It is surmounted by mosaic cubes (fusus) gold, and shades of green, red and white.  All the famous towns are represented here: the Kaaba is shown above the mihrab.  Also represented here are beautiful trees full of fruit.  

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text: green

Ahmad al-Busrawi/Bosrawy, Tahfat al-anam fi fada’il ash sham, trans. by Sauvaire, Journal Asiatique (1896), p. 422, 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. 136


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