Minbar Door Series

Source: Minbar (pulpit) door, wood (Ebony, Aleppo pine, Abura) with added ivory or bone, Cairo, Egypt, 14-15th centuries with later additions, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, July 2019.

A minbar is pulpit in a mosque where the imam (prayer leader) stands to deliver sermons, or in Shiite mosques where the speaker sits and lectures the congregation. It is usually shaped like a small tower with a pointed roof and stairs leading up to it and an entrance door leading to the steps. There may be a seat at the top. In contrast to most Christian pulpits, the steps up to the minbar are usually in a straight line on the same axis as the seat.