HANDS ON Traditional Crafts at The City of the Dead in Cairo

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Tomb of Ibn Ghurab (No.94), ca A.D.1405 / 808 A.H.

The tomb was built for a civilian amir who served under three sultans (Barquq, Abdel Aziz, and Farag) but died before reaching 30. The tomb was incorporated into the premises of Sultan Qaytbey’s complex when it was built about 70 years later. The burial chamber is built of stone, and was completely re-faced by the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l’Art Arabe in the late 19th century. The ribbed brick dome sitting on a stepped zone-of-transition is typical of the early Mamluk period (for example, the tombs of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad’s wives located nearby.) The structure is much weathered, with most of the plaster now missing. There are partially excavated ruins of vaulted stone chambers in the enclosure.