Marble Column Capital from Cordoba

Date: 10th century

Place of Production: Spain, likely Cordoba

Description: This capital is thought to have come from Madinat al-Zahra’, near Cordoba, Spain, which was founded in 936. The city housed a magnificent Umayyad royal residence.  The capital bears the legacy of artistic traditions brought by the Umayyads from Syria to Spain. 

Inscription: On boss at one side of capital in Arabic in cursive script: 
عمل خبرة 
Made by Khabara[?]

Accession Number: 30.95.134

Held at: Metropolitan Museum of New York

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