What is a portable Mihrab?
Find out the answer to this question in today’s episode from the Museum of Islamic Art, where we will show you a unique piece of art, The Wooden Mihrab from the Mausoleum of Sayyidah Ruqayyah dating back to the Fatimid era
The wife of the Caliph Al-Amir bi Ahkam Allah commissioned the manufacture of this portable wooden Mihrab. Most probably this Mihrab was made in the reign of the caliph al-Fa’iz and his vizier al-Salih Tala’i’ between 549- 555 AH/ 1154 -1160 AD. That is indicated in an epigraphic frieze of floriated Kufic on its façade. The four sides of the Mihrab are decorated with various floral motifs such as intricate trilobed, and five- lobed leaves, clusters of grapes, as well as wooden inlays with poly-lobed star-shaped geometric ornamentation considered to be the first emergence of the uncompleted star-shaped dishes in the Fatimid period.