A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture

Name of text:

A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture

Author of text:

K. A. C. Creswell

Date of text: 1958
Date of person in text: 20th century
Name of structure in text: Mosque of al_Mutawakkil / Great Mosque
Type of structure in text: mosque
Date of structure in text 836, replaced in 849-52
Century of structure 1: 9 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Iraq
Region in text:
City in text: Samarra
Specific place of mosaic in text: Mihrab, walls
Description of mosaic in text:
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text: dark blue

Creswell, K. A. C., A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture (Beirut: 1958), p. 277





Mihrab decorated with glass mosaic, only small fragments survive.  Creswell says traces of gold mosaic in the spandrels. Fragments of panels of dark blue glass lined the walls

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