H. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
W. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
D. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
Wt. 100 lbs. (45.4 kg)
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This capital, carved of soft alabaster, demonstrates a vegetal style of the early Abbasid period. The classical curled leaf forms are representative of a traditionally decorated capital which later gave way to the emergence of the distinctive Beveled style form.
[ Eustache de Lorey, Paris, until 1936; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 86, ill. fig. 51 (b/w).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 20, p. 42, ill. p. 42 (color).