Capital with Palmettes and Leaves

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451

This capital, carved of soft alabaster, demonstrates the emergence of the distinctive Beveled style from an earlier vegetal style in the early Abbasid period. Classical curled leaf forms on more traditionally decorated capitals gave way to the typical slant-cut and more abstract Beveled style carvings. This capital demonstrates a transition between the two styles.

Capital with Palmettes and Leaves, Alabaster, gypsum; carved in relief

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