Detail View: The AMICA Library: Capital

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.36.68.1
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Description: 
This capital exhibits the Samarran style known as "beveled," after its particular type of slant-cutting . The most characteristic feature is the total abstraction of the design to the point that the foreground and background may become indistinguishable. The decorative language of Samarra?, the cAbbasid capital from 836 to 883, would represent the basis for all future developments in the Islamic world.
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Middle Eastern; Abbasid
Creator Dates/Places: 
Syria
Creator Name-CRT: 
cAbbasid
Title: 
Capital
View: 
Principal view
Creation Date: 
9th century
Creation Start Date: 
800
Creation End Date: 
899
Materials and Techniques: 
Carved alabaster
Dimensions: 
13 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (34.9 x 38.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York
ID Number: 
36.68.1
Credit Line: 
Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1936
Copyright: 
Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: 
Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.h1_36.68.1.tif