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Column

Date:
1350–1400
Geography:
Spain, Granada
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Marble; carved
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of The Hearst Foundation, 1956
Accession Number:
56.234.21a–d
  • Description

    One of six in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum, these columns originally belonged to the Alhambra (literally, "the red one", in reference to the color of the clay used in the construction) in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra was a royal palace-city comprised of many palaces and buildings, which were continually enlarged and embellished over the centuries. Slim columns such as these are characteristic of the Nasrid Dynasty (1232–1492) architectural style, and would have ornamented a multitude of outdoor courtyards, transitional spaces between palaces.

  • Provenance

    William Randolph Hearst, San Simeon, CA (1929–d. 1951; The HearstFoundation, until 1956; gifted to MMA)

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