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Column Capital

Column Capital

c. 960–76

Marble

Overall: 26 x 37 x 28.5 cm (10 1/4 x 14 9/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Weight: 27.52 kg (60.65 lbs)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2021.4

Location

Did you know?

In the mid-1800s the ruins of Madinat al-Zahra were rediscovered and became the source of great fascination as people imagined a palace like that in the stories of One Thousand and One Nights.

Description

This capital comes from the palatial city of Madinat al-Zahra near Cordoba (Spain) which was begun by caliph Abd al-Rahman III (r. 912–61) around 936. Large parts of the Iberian Peninsula were then under Islamic rule and experienced a cultural flowering. The city, destroyed already in 1010, was the most magnificent palace complex in Europe at the time.

See also
Collection: 
Islamic Art
Department: 
Islamic Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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