Ivory cylindrical box; 950–75 AD, Cordoba, Spain; Metropolitan Museum of Art. This "pyxis" is carved with intricate detail and densely-packed designs. The symmetry and the interlacing vines create the sense of infinity. The carvings also include typical floral decoration interspersed with animal figures, specifically birds, lions, and gazelles. The main decorative area is bordered on the top and bottom by bands of self-contained repeating designs.

Box,attibuted to a Master working for Umayyad caliph Abd al Rahman III Made in Cordoba- Spain Ivory

Silk, lampas fragment; late 14th–early 15th century, Spain; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1918. This textile with a calligraphic band is an example of a "tiraz" (embroidery). The center band has a red background with the inscription "Glory to our Lord the Sultan" repeated in gold letters. The fragment is full of decorative elements, and the calligraphy is an example of the "Thuluth" style.

Textile Fragment Object Name: Fragment Date: late century Geography: Spain Culture: Islamic Medium: Silk; lampas Dimensions: Textile: L. cm) Mount: L.

Calligraphy in the Sala de Dos Hermanas, Alhambra, Granada, Spain; 14th century. This is just one of countless examples of calligraphy that abound throughout the rooms and courtyards of the Alhambra. The calligraphy includes inscriptions that commemorate conquests, lines from the Qur'an, and a great deal of poetry. In this particular example, poetry inscribed in carved stucco is incased in a circle and surrounded by an array of detailed geometrical and vegetal designs.

Calligraphy in the Sala de Dos Hermanas, Alhambra, Granada, Spain; 14th century. This is just one of countless examples of calligraphy that abound throughout the rooms and courtyards of the Alhambra. The calligraphy includes inscriptions that commemorate conquests, lines from the Qur'an, and a great deal of poetry. In this particular example, poetry inscribed in carved stucco is incased in a circle and surrounded by an array of detailed geometrical and vegetal designs.

Chest found in Palencia Cathedral but made in Cuenca; 11th century; National Archaeological Museum Madrid, Spain. This wooden chest is covered with ivory plates and its edges reinforced with copper. The ivory plates are intricately decorated with arabesques interspersed with gazelles, griffins, and peacocks. The copper edgings contain repeated geometric designs. The chest also includes an inscription in foliated kufic script, which names Cuenca as its place of origin.

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Mezquita de Córdoba, built in 8th-10th centuries, Córdoba, Spain. The mosque was converted into a cathedral in 1236, after Córdoba was conquered by the Christians and renovations were made in the 16th century. However, it still retains many elements of Islamic architecture. It is also a great example of Islam's building upon earlier traditions and techniques. Horseshoe arches, for example, date back to the Visigoths, but became a feature of Western Islamic architecture.

Mezquita de Córdoba, built in 8th-10th centuries, Córdoba, Spain. The mosque was converted into a cathedral in 1236, after Córdoba was conquered by the Christians and renovations were made in the 16th century. However, it still retains many elements of Islamic architecture. It is also a great example of Islam's building upon earlier traditions and techniques. Horseshoe arches, for example, date back to the Visigoths, but became a feature of Western Islamic architecture.

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