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New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira late 3rd–4th century / AD 10th century
Probably Córdoba, Spain
This capital probably came from the splendid palace city of Madinat al-Zahra, which the Umayyad caliph ‘Abd al Rahman III founded in 936 near Córdoba. Consisting of administrative buildings, reception halls, residential quarters, courtyards, pavilions, mosques, and markets, its architecture featured row after row of horse shoe arches on slender columns with exquisitely carved and drilled capitals such as this one, abstracted from classical Corinthian forms. A boss at one side of this capital bears the inscription “Made by Khabara[?]”.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
"Capital" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;16;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 16