This volume, the first comprehensive documentation on this masterwork, derives from a joint conservation effort undertaken in the fall of 1996 by the Metropolitan Museum and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco. Five essays discuss its artistic and historical significance, its structure and decorative scheme, and its recent restoration that not only reclaimed much of the minbar's former radiance but also brought to light discoveries of great art-historical import. One hundred and eight illustrations, including 80 in color, provide full visual documentation, including many revelatory details, as well as schematic renderings of its structure and decoration. Oversize: 9.25x12.25". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.