Literary sources indicate that there were two types of audience: public (majlis al-`amm
) and private (khass
), the latter restricted to the closest aides and counsellors. During the audience the caliph
or his representative would sit on an elevated throne (sarir
), while the audience would be seated according to rank. Some buildings, like Qusayr
`Amra, Khirbet al-Mafjar near Jericho, and Qasr
al-Hayr al-Gharbi in Syria, have extensive iconographic programs showing musicians, dancers and female gift-bearers, pastimes that became an integral part of Umayyad court life.