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The mausoleum was built for a civilian amir whose name means “Son of a Crow”. He served in high positions under three sultans (Barquq, Abd al-Aziz, and Farag) but died before reaching 30. He helped Sultan Farag ibn Barquq when he was briefly dethroned, hid him in his house, and later boasted that he had deposed the sultan and brought him back, and that if he had wished he could have been Sultan himself. The tomb was incorporated into the premises of Sultan Qaitbey’s complex when it was built about 70 years later. The burial chamber is built of stone, and the ribbed brick dome placed on the stepped zone-of-transition is typical of the early Mamluk period.

The tomb was conserved by the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l’Art Arabe in the late 19th century. It recently was filled with refuse and its alarming structural condition threatened it with collapse. In 2019, with a grant from the Barakat Trust, ARCHiNOS Architecture excavated the building, fully documented it, and carried out structural repairs. Another season of conservation is planned when funding becomes available.

The tomb borders on the area behind the mausoleum of al-Gulshani that belonged to the private-use section of Sultan Qaitbey's complex. It included a hall with a sumptuously decorated wooden ceiling, and various service facilities. The ruined structures are now being excavated and conserved.

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