Sitarah for Bab Jibril in the Prophet's Mosque


The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

The inscription inside the garland at the top of the sitarah states that it was made for Bab Jibril ('Gate of Gabriel' – one of the doors in the eastern wall of the Prophet's mosque). Below it are verses 193–5 from Surat al-Shu'ara', XXVI, 'The Trustworthy Spirit has brought it [the Qur'an] down/ upon your heart [O! Muhammad], that you may be of the warners/ in a clear Arabic language.'


  • Title: Sitarah for Bab Jibril in the Prophet's Mosque
  • Date Created: 1839-61
  • Location Created: Istanbul
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: olive-green and dark red silk, relief-embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over card and cotton thread padding

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