Hama: Inlay Workers

Date: 1302

The minbar of the Congregational Mosque of Hama was completed in 701/1302 and contains an inscription naming the artisans responsible for its construction and ornamentation. Abu Bakr b. Muhammad inlaid (ṭaʿʿama) the structure while ʿAli b. ʿUthman is credited with the decoration. It might be that this distinction indicates that the latter drew the designs and the former actually placed the inlay. ʿAli b. Makki and ʿAbd Allah Ahmad were the carpenters who constructed the minbar.

Citation: Mayer, Leo Ary, Islamic Woodcarvers and their Works (Geneva: Albert Kundig, 1958), p. 34.