Name of text: Unknown
Author of text: Chihab al-Umari
Date of text: 1340
Date of person in text: 1300-84
Name of structure in text: Dome of the Rock
Type of structure in text: Mosque
Date of structure in text 688-91
Century of structure 1: 7 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Israel
Region in text:
City in text: Jerusalem
Specific place of mosaic in text: external walls, vault of southern entrance, inner faces of arches carrying the drum of the dome.
Description of mosaic in text:

… and the building externally is covered for a height of seven cubits with white striated marble, and from above seven cubits to the gutters by gold mosaic representing different plant patterns … and above the gutters is a wall four cubits in height covered by mosaic of the kind just described … a vault adorned with gold mosaic … there are arches with beautiful mosaics …

Mosaic date in text: 7 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

Umari, quoted in Creswell, K. A. C., Early Muslim Architecture (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932, second edition 1969), 2 vols, vol. 1, p. 237


This text tells us that these mosaics existed in the middle of the fourteenth century covering the walls of the edifice externally, the vault of the southern entrance and the inner faces of the arches carrying the drum of the dome.

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