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Capital

Date:
late 8th century
Geography:
Syria, probably Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Alabaster, gypsum; carved
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.68.3
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).



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