Overall: 15 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in.)
Weight: 10.82 kg (23.85 lbs)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2021.5
In the mid-1800s the ruins of Madinat al-Zahra were rediscovered and the source of great fascination as people imagined a palace like that in the stories of 1001 Nights.
This base comes from the palatial city of Madinat al-Zahra near Cordoba (Spain) which was begun by caliph Abd al-Rahman III (r. 912–61) around 936. Large parts of the Iberian Peninsula were then under Islamic rule and experienced a cultural flowering. The city, destroyed already in 1010, was the most magnificent palace complex in Europe at the time.
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