- ca. 960
- Made in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain
- Overall: 8 1/8 x 9 x 9 in. (20.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- The Cloisters Collection, 1925
- Accession Number:
'Abd al-Rahman III, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic lands of southern Spain, commissioned a great palace-city in 936 (324 a.h., by the Islamic calendar). Called Madinat al-Zahra' ("shining city" in Arabic), it was located near his capital at Córdoba and included residences, reception halls, a mosque, markets and gardens.
Madinat al-Zahra' was destroyed by Berbers from North Africa in 1010 (400 a.h.). Sculpture from the site was reused in medieval churches and secular buildings.