Mihrab (Prayer Niche)

UnknownA.H. 755/ A.D. 1354–55

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


  • Title: Mihrab (Prayer Niche)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: A.H. 755/ A.D. 1354–55
  • Physical Dimensions: w2887 x h3431 mm
  • Type: Ceramics
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Mosaic of polychrome-glazed cut tiles on stonepaste body; set into mortar
  • Provenance Extent: Complete
  • Provenance: Madrasa Imami, Isfahan, Iran (1354–late 1920s); [ A. Rabenou, Paris , by 1931–39; sold to Arthur U. Pope for MMA]
  • Medium Extent: Complete
  • Inscription Extent: Complete
  • Inscription: (In Arabic; on outer border): Qur'an, ch. IX, v. 18-22. (In Arabic, on border of niche): "Said [the Prophet] on him be blessing and peace: . . . witness that there is no God save Allah and that Muhammad is his Apostle and the Blessed Imam, and in legal almsgiving, and in the pilgrimage, and in the fast of Ramadan, and he said, on him be blessing and peace." In Arabic, in rectangle at back): "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, 'The Mosque is the dwelling place of the pious.' "
  • Credit Line Extent: Complete
  • Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939


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