• Highlights Tour 7

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‘Architectural Capital

Find this object in the Early Islamic Art 7th-12th century Gallery on Floor 3

This set of architectural capitals are believed to have come from the now-ruined palace city of Madinat al-Zahra outside Cordoba in Al-Andalus – the centre of the Arab empire that stretched across southern Spain and beyond for eight centuries (circa 711 – 1492 CE). The marble-carved capitals show vegetal designs reminiscent of the Roman and Visigothic cultures present in Spain before the arrival of Arab rulers, and exhibit the skill of stone carvers in the region.

SW.151.2008, Marble, Umayyad Spain (Cordoba), 9th - 10th century CE

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