"Castanet" capital of a column.
14th-15th century, Nasrid period of Granada.
Height: 40 cm
During the 14th century, the Nasrid sultans dedicated themselves to the decoration of their splendid palaces. Their most singular artistic achievement was the famous Alhambra (al-qal'a al-hamra), or the red castle, so-called perhaps because of the colour of the walls and towers that surround the citadel. Located on a hill overlooking Granada, the Alhambra was conceived as more than a well-fortified palace—it was a royal city. The creation of a succession of Nasrid rulers, in particular Isma‘il I (r. 1314–25), Yusuf I (r. 1333–54), and Muhammad V (r. 1354–59, 1362–91), the Alhambra was a powerful image for a waning monarchy, a vast stage set for the diminishing power of the last Muslim rule on the peninsula. Work on the palace-city continued for nearly two centuries; the resulting architectural complex, with its intricate succession of rooms and courts, its rich interior facades, and its numerous gardens, fountains, and watercourses, is one of the most magnificent examples of Islamic architecture.
Nasrid arts grew from Almohad traditions but displayed far more variety and splendour than their precursors. Textiles recall the rich interior settings of the Alhambra. This distinct Nasrid style is known in architecture for its slender columns, colourful geometric tilework, horseshoe arches, carved plaster walls with lace-like patterns and Arabic inscriptions, extensive use of muqarnas (small, honeycomb-like niches used to decorate architectural surfaces), etc. Known as Moorish, this style was used by Muslims and Christians alike in 14th century Spain. The style eventually reached as far as Russia, England, Germany, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, and the Americas as travellers' accounts of the Alhambra spread around the world. Nasrid rule in Spain ended in 1492, but the Christian conquerors from the North continued to use the Alhambra palace, and adapted many Andalusian forms and styles into their own visual culture.
Provenance: Purchased by the current owner in Madrid in 2018 from a Spanish private collection (E.C.) from the 1980s.
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- "Castanet" Hauptstadt einer Säule.
- Jahrhundert/ Zeitraum
- 14th-15th century, Nasrid period of Granada.
- Guter Zustand, siehe Foto