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Capital

Date:
10th century
Geography:
Spain, probably Cordoba
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Marble; carved
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) W. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) D. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) Wt. 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.135
  • Description

    This capital probably came from the splendid Umayyad royal residence city of Madinat al-Zahra', near Cordoba, Spain, which was founded in 936. The classical tradition so important in Umayyad Syrian art is evident here. This is not surprising in light of the Syrian roots of this caliphal house (711–1031), which arose in Spain after the Umayyad dynasty was replaced and almost extinguished by the new 'Abbasid rulers centered in Baghdad.

  • Provenance

    Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)

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