An Umayyad sandstone Capital Spain, 10th/ 11th Century
the square capital rising from a round base, relief carved with acanthus volutes and palmettes 35 x 35 x 29 cm.
Umayyad builders frequently re-used classical capitals from sites in North Africa and Spain in their own structures. The present lot adheres to the classical tradition with its superimposed rows of acanthus leaves, distinct volutes and abacus which unite to accentuate the weight bearing function of the piece. For two comparable examples sharing similar characteristics such as the superimposed rows and scrolling acanthus leaves; see Exhibition Catalogue, El esplendor de los Omeyas Cordobeses, Madinat al-Zahra, May to September 2001, pp. 92-3; and one dated to circa AD 960-80 in the Jameel Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, inv. A55-1925.