Ancient Typography from Damascus

After some excavations, I’ve found these beautiful typographical designs of the Safwat-el-Molk mausoleum’s dome, the mausoleum was removed and replaced by the Havana cafe building. It was built between 1110 and 1111 AD for the wife of the Seljuk ruler of Damascus.

Please enjoy looking at these superb and rare Damascene Seljuk Kufic samples.

Info and illustrations from: Ecochard, M. and Sauvaget, J. “Le Tombeau de Safwat al-Molk.” In Les Monuments Ayyoubides de Damas, 1-13. Paris: Editions Boccard, 1938.

 

 

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The dome before demolishing.

 

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم إن الله وملائكته

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الذين آمنوا صلوا عليه وسلمو تسليما صدق الله العـ

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الحمدلله على أفضاله —- على محمد وآله

 

 

 

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