Spanish - Capital, 936-976


Capital, 936-976

Gesso and paint on marble, 22.2 x 26.4 x 24.8 cm (8 3/4 x 10 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.) overall


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Probably from the palace city of Madinat al-Zahra built a few miles outside of Cordoba by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III (891-961 AD).
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from an unknown dealer in Seville for $200 before 4 November 1904, through the painter Joseph Lindon Smith (1863-1950). Two never arrived to Boston. (with museum no. S8e8)


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 56. (as Arabic, Hispano-Moresque)
Yasuko Horioka et al. Oriental and Islamic Art: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1975), pp. 150-51, no. 62. (as Spanish (Hispano-Moresque), 10th century or later; as later than museum no. S8e8 or "provincial work")

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