Masālik al-abṣār fī mamālik al-amṣār

Name of text: Masālik al-abṣār fī mamālik al-amṣār
Author of text: Al-Umari
Date of text: c. 1340
Date of person in text: 1301-49
Name of structure in text: al-Qasr al-Ablaq of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad
Type of structure in text: Palace
Date of structure in text 1315
Century of structure 1: 14 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Egypt
Region in text:
City in text: Cairo Citadel
Specific place of mosaic in text: Walls
Description of mosaic in text: The facades of all these palaces are built of black and yellow stones, and within are dados of marble and gold mosaics [fusayfisa] heightened with mother-of-pearl and coloured paste and trophies and different colours.  The ceilings are all gilded and painted with lapis lazuli.  The light comes through windows filled with coloured Cypriot glass resembling necklaces of precious stones.
Mosaic date in text: 14 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

and Mamdouh Mohamed Sakr, ‘Glass Mosaics in a Royal Mamluk Hall: Context, Content, and Interpretation’, in Doris Behrens-Abouseif, ed., The Arts of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria – Evolution and Impact (Bonn: Bonn University Press, 2012), 203-222, pp. 203, 220, n. 7, 221, n. 27.

Behrans-Abouseif, Doris, Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction (Leiden: Brill, 1969), p. 83

Kenney, Ellen, ‘Mixed Metaphors: Iconography and Medium in Mamluk Glass Mosaic Decoration’, Artibus Asiae, 66.2 (2006), 175-200, p. 180


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