Name of Object:
Prayer pulpit (minbar)
National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts
Date of Object:
Hegira 490 / AD 1097
Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Wood assembled through tenons and mortises, bas-relief carving and marquetry.
Height 230 cm, length 264 cm, width 73 cm
Period / Dynasty:
This minbar features seven steps that are held up by two pentagonal sides, decorated with triangular, square and trapezium-shaped panels that have been joined through tenons and mortises. An interrupted horseshoe arch is positioned at the foot of the steps on two supports that are ornamented with vegetal decoration. This structure is linked at its sides by two lateral arches of the same height, which are likewise resting on two supports, their upper parts interlinked by a banister. The upper section of this entrance is adorned with candleholders.
View Short Description
This seven-stepped pulpit with side panels bears geometric and floral motifs, and a kufic inscription dating the object and naming its maker. The first step is covered by a pointed horseshoe arch.
How date and origin were established:
The inscription that features kufic characters on the arch preceding the steps of the minbar holds the date 490 (AD 1097.
How Object was obtained:
Donation from the Religious Affairs Ministry; a ministerial decision taken in 1998 entrusted the minbar to the National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts.
How provenance was established:
The minbar had been used in the Great Mosque of Algiers.
Bourouiba, R., L'art religieux musulman en Algérie, Algiers, 1973.
Citation of this web page:
Leila Merabet "Prayer pulpit (minbar)" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;dz;Mus01;6;en
Prepared by: Leila Merabet