Capital

Date: 10th century

Geography: From Spain, probably Cordoba

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Marble; carved

Dimensions: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
D. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
Wt. 140 lbs. (63.5 kg)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.95.134

Description

This capital probably came 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 evident here. This is not surprising in light of the Syrian roots of this caliphal house (711–1031), which arose in Spain after the Umayyad dynasty was replaced and almost extinguished by the new 'Abbasid rulers centered in Baghdad.

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