© The David Collection

Name of Object:

Panel from the Ibn Tulun Mosque


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira c. 265 / AD c. 879

Type of object:

Woodwork, panel wood

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 1/2002

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wooden panel, carved with a Kufi inscription

Period / Dynasty:



Egypt, Cairo


The panel was originally part of a frieze with passages from the Koran that is some two kilometers long. The inscription is in a simple and robust Kufi script whose only decorative element is a little increase in width at the end of the letters.

The panel was purchased in Cairo in 1848 by the French consul Delaporte, after restoration work on the Ibn Tulun Mosque.

Citation of this web page:

 "Panel from the Ibn Tulun Mosque" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;11;en&id=furniture_and_woodwork

MWNF Working Number: DN 11

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