Capital

Islamic Spanish (Caliphate of Cordoba)
Umayyad
third quarter of the 10th century A.D.


Object Place: Cordoban caliphate, Spain

Dimensions

Height x Diameter: 35.5 x 53.3 cm (14 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

12.32

Medium or Technique

Marble, carved and drilled

On View

Islamic Gallery (Gallery 175)

Classifications

Architectural elements

Column capital with four-petaled flowers in double scrolls on the lower part; leaves, scrolls and flowers above with a narrow bead molding between. White marble, a good deal blackened and damaged. Matches several inscribed capitals in situ at Medina az-Zahra with dates between 951 and 973.

Inscription

Inscribed in Arabic with the word or name "Fath" (victory). An alternate reading suggests that the word inscribed is "Falih," which could be the name of the artisan.

Provenance

Dikran G. Kelekian (b. 1868 - d. 1951), New York; by 1910, sold by Dikran G. Kelekian to Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1912, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 4, 1912)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection