A’ laq el Khatirah

Name of text: A’ laq el Khatirah
Author of text: Izz al-Din ibn Shaddad
Date of text: 13th century
Date of person in text: 1217-85
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: South wall of west vestibule
Description of mosaic in text:

In 1269, Baybars [Al-Malik al-Zahir Baybars (r. 1257-77)], having made a visit to the mosque, found the mosaics strewn and he ordered them put in place and made other repairs for more than 20,000 dinars.’  Moreover Baybars selected the medium of glass mosaic to record the works that he carried out at the sanctuary in a rectangular panel located on the south wall of the west vestibule.  

Mosaic date in text: 13 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text:

Izz al-Din ibn Shaddad, A’ laq el Khatirah, trans. by Henri Sauvaire, ‘Description de Damas’, Journal Asiatique, 9.7.2 (1896), p. 225, quoted by Ellen Kenney, ‘Mixed Metaphors: Iconography and Medium in Mamluk Glass Mosaic Decoration’, Artibus Asiae, 66.2 (2006), 175-200, p. 178


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