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Column

Date:
1350–1400
Geography:
Made in Spain, Granada
Medium:
Marble; carved
Dimensions:
Base: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
D. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Wt. 95 lbs. (43.1 kg)
Column: H. 59 1/2 in. (151.1 cm)
Diam. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Wt. 196 lbs. (88.9 kg)
Capital: H. 13 in. (33 cm)
W. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
D. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm)
Wt. 111 lbs. (50.3 kg)
Abacus: H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
W. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
D. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Wt. 80 lbs. (36.3 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of The Hearst Foundation, 1956
Accession Number:
56.234.20a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 456
One of six in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum, these columns originally belonged to the Alhambra (literally, "the red one", in reference to the color of the clay used in the construction) in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra was a royal palace-city comprised of many palaces and buildings, which were continually enlarged and embellished over the centuries. Slim columns such as these are characteristic of the Nasrid Dynasty (1232–1492) architectural style, and would have ornamented a multitude of outdoor courtyards, transitional spaces between palaces.
William Randolph Hearst (American), San Simeon, CA (1929–d. 1951; The HearstFoundation, until 1956; gifted to MMA)
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