Plinths

Plinths
 27 December 2016  |  704 Visit

Plinths

The plinth of the holy shrine fixed as a colorful margin in the lower part of the walls of the holy burial chamber consists of several parts, and rests 2 meters higher than the floor of the holy shrine.

The plinth of the holy shrine fixed as a colorful margin in the lower part of the walls of the holy burial chamber consists of several parts, and rests 2 meters higher than the floor of the holy shrine. It enjoys a short margin of white marble stone in its structure, which is 20 cms wide; and over this, rests the mosaic work with old and precious tiles called "Sanjari” with a 92 cms height. These colorful and delicate tiles are in various geometrical forms and designs, including hexagonal, octagonal and polygonal forms, big and small, star-shaped, cube-shaped, and square.

The tiles over the plinth have been decorated mainly with embossed arabesque, Thulth, and Riqah scripts. Also, some verses of the holy Qur'an, traditions, aphorisms, and poems in "Naskh" script dating back to the sixth and the seventh centuries of Hijrah, can be observed over these tiles. The tiles are very delicate in kind and enjoy various colors, including white, azure, brown, and turquoise.
The dates engraved over these tiles are 500 A.H. (with some parts deleted), 512A.H., 612A.H., 760A.H., and 538A.H.
It becomes obvious from the dates engraved over the plinth tiles of the holy burial chamber that the holy burial chamber has been decorated two times with precious "Sanjari" tiles during history; once in the sixth century (512A.H.), and the second time in seventh century (612A.H.). The tiles of the plinth of the holy burial chamber now have a history of about 800-900 years. These precious and high quality tiles along with the inscription applied on the outer section of the front door of the holy burial chamber in Dar-al-Huffaz portico are among the oldest tiles and the most unique and eye-catching masterpieces accomplished in the Islamic period.

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