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Column Base

Object Name:
Column base
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Spain, probably Cordoba
Medium:
Marble; carved
Dimensions:
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm) W. 15 in. (38.1 cm) D. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of George and Florence Blumenthal, 1933
Accession Number:
33.21.2
  • Description

    These architectural elements probably come 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 no less evident here, which is not surprising in light of the Syrian roots of this caliphal house (711-1031) that arose in Spain after the Umayyad dynasty was replaced and almost extinguished by the new 'Abbasid rulers centered in Baghdad.

  • Provenance

    George and Florence Blumenthal, New York (until 1933; gifted to MMA)

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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