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Collection Online as of June 17, 2024

Column Base

Column Base

c. 960–76
Overall: 15 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Location: 116 Islamic

Did You Know?

In the mid-1800s the ruins of Madinat al-Zahra were rediscovered and the source of great fascination as people imagined a palace like that in the stories of 1001 Nights.


This base 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.
  • –2021
    (Sam Fogg, London, England, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Strong, Meghan E. “Art of the Islamic World.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine 61, no. 3 (Summer 2021): 28-30. Reproduced and Mentioned: P. 30.
  • Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (May 21, 2021-May 31, 2022).
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