Islamic Marble capital, Caliphal period, Circa 10th century AD

A capital is the top of a column, crowning the shaft. This shaft is a fragment of history, a piece of caliphal art in our hands. Its vegetal decoration, playing with volumes, is one of the finest examples of Caliphate art. Islamic art is aniconic, it does not represent living beings that have souls, so we will not generally find representations of animals or people, although we will find vegetation, because for Muslims plants do not have souls.  


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