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a prayer niche located in the wall of a mosque facing Mecca. The mihrab may have a semicircular, polyhedral, or, less often, rectangular plan and is topped with a semidome. Ornamentation consists of decorative carvings in stucco, marble, clay, or wood; inlays; frescoes; and decorative semicolumns and arcature bands. Portable mihrabs, mainly of wood, with carved ornamentation, are known.