Pococke’s Travels in Egypt

Name of text: Pococke’s Travels in Egypt
Author of text: Richard Pococke
Date of text: c. 1737
Date of person in text: 1704-65
Name of structure in text: Mamluk Palace
Type of structure in text: palace
Date of structure in text c. 1279
Century of structure 1: 13 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Egypt
Region in text:
City in text: Cairo
Specific place of mosaic in text: Walls
Description of mosaic in text:

I saw another magnificent house … said to have been built by Sultan Nasir ibn Calzhoun or Calaun, who was the seventh king of Egypt of the Mamalukes, called Baharites and lived about the year 1279.  The magnificent saloon is in the figure of a Greek cross, with a cupola in the middle; it is wainscoted about ten feet high in a very costly manner; round at top about two feet deep are Arabic inscriptions; then for about two feet more, are works of mother of pearl and fine marbles, in the figure of small arches.  Below this is all done in panels which have a border round in mosaic work of mother of pearl, and blue smalt or a sort of glass that is not transparent; in some the middle part is of the finest marbles, in others all of mosaic work. 

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

Pococke, Richard (travelling 1737) Pococke’s Travels in Egypt, in Pinkerton, John, ed., A General Collection of the best and most interesting voyages and travels in all parts of the world, XV (London: Longman and others, 1814), p. 194


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