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  • Capital, Abbasid period (750–1258), late 8th century
    Syria, probably Raqqa
    Alabaster, gypsum; carved

    H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm), W. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), D. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936 (36.68.1)

    This object exhibits the decorative language of Samarra, the second and temporary Abbasid capital. Among the various styles of surface ornament created at Samarra, the beveled style is the most well known. This style refers to a form of ornamentation based on a vegetal design that was slant cut so that the foreground and background become almost indistinguishable.

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    Capital, Abbasid period (750–1258), late 8th century
    Syria, probably Raqqa
    Alabaster, gypsum; carved

    H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm), W. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm), D. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
    Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936 (36.68.1)


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