Capital, Alabaster, gypsum; carved

Capital

Date:
late 8th century
Geography:
Made in Syria, probably Raqqa
Medium:
Alabaster, gypsum; carved
Dimensions:
H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
W. 13 3/4 in. (3.9 cm)
D. 13 3/4 in. (3.9 cm)
Wt. 135 lbs. (61.2 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.68.2
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.
[ Eustache de Lorey, Paris, until 1936; sold to MMA]