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Name of Object:



New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 3rd–4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Marble; carved

Period / Dynasty:

Spanish Umayyad


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[?]”.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Citation of this web page:

 "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


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Umayyads of al-Andalus

On display in

MWNF Galleries

Architectural Elements


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