The Travels of Ibn Jubayr

Name of text:

The Travels of Ibn Jubayr

Author of text: Ibn Jubayr
Date of text: March-April, 1183
Date of person in text: 1145-1217
Name of structure in text: Mausoleum with the head of Husayn
Type of structure in text: Mausoleum
Date of structure in text
Century of structure 1:
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:

There too are various kinds of marbles tessellated with coloured mosaics of rare and exquisite workmanship such as one cannot imagine nor come near to describing.  The entrance to this garden [mausoleum] is by a mosque like to it in grace and elegance, with walls that are all marble in the style we have just described.  To the right and left of the mausoleum are two chambers of exactly the same style and both leading into it.

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

The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, ed. and trans. by Roland Broadhurst (London: Goodword Books, 1952, repr. 2011), p. 37

Comments: Husayn (626-680) was the son of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, and therefore grandson of Mohammed.  Footnote 17 suggests it might have been the head of Zayd ibn Ali 'l-Husayn.

Previous Next