Uyun al-Tawarikh

Name of text: Uyun al-Tawarikh
Author of text: Ibn Shakir al-Kubati
Date of text: 14th century
Date of person in text: d. 1362
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: Image of the Kaaba, cities and villages, flowers and trees
Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text?
Tesserae gold mentioned in text?
Colour descriptions in text:

Ibn Shakir al-Kubati, Uyun al-Tawarikh, trans. Sauvaire, Henri, ‘Description de Damas’, Journal Asiatique, 3.7 (1896), 369-72; English translation in Marguerite van Berchem, ‘The Mosaics of the Dome of the Rock and of the Great Mosque in Damascus, in K. A. C. Creswell, Early Muslim Architecture (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932-40, second edition 1969), vol. 1, 150-252, p. 161, no. 9.

Rabbat, Nasser, ‘The Mosaics of the Qubba al-Zahiriyya in Damascus: A Classical Syrian Medium Acquires a Mamluk Signature’, ARAM, 9 (1997), 227-40, p. 238 


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