John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquis of Bute (1847-1900); The Mount Stuart collection until 1996
The Dome of the Rock is a shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Initially completed in 691 CE. The Dome of the Rock is now one of the oldest works of Islamic architecture. It has been called 'Jerusalem's most recognizable landmark'. It's architecture and mosaics were patterned after nearby Byzantine churches and palaces. The octagonal plan of the structure may also have been influenced by the Byzantine Chapel of St Mary built on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The site's significance stems from religious traditions regarding the rock, known as the Foundation Stone, which bears great significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
The sheet appears to undulate slightly. A few specks of surface dirt and what apepars to be three pinholes to the upper left hand sheet edge. Otherwise the work appears to be in good overall conditon.
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