Umayyad, 10th century CE
Materials and technique
Cast bronze, with openwork, engraved, and punched decoration
Height 52.5 cm
This rare lamp stand was produced under the Spanish Umayyads (756-1031 CE), descendants of the first Muslim Umayyad dynasty based in Damascus. When the Abbasids overthrew the Umayyads in 749 CE, the only surviving member of the family fled to the Iberian Peninsula and founded a new branch of the dynasty. Although the object includes a typical Islamic inscription in Arabic kufic script, its form and decoration reflect the Byzantine culture that preceded Umayyad rule in Syria.
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