Al-Andalus at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

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Yesterday I visited the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

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The museum, which was designed by the architect I.M Pei, opened in 2008.

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Among its holdings are a number of objects from Umayyad al-Ándalus. They include a set of nine capitals, most of them from Madinat al Zahra.

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The collection also includes two zoomorphic bronze fountain spouts dated to the 10th or early-11th century.

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A dish, which the label identified as probably being from Córdoba, dates to the 10th century and demonstrates the green and purplish/black decoration characteristic of that time and place.

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An ivory container, described on the label as a pen box, bears inscriptions that date it Dec. 1003-Jan.1004.

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A wooden beam, dated to the 11th century, is carved with imagery that includes animals and human beings.

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A blue Qur’an page, said to be from Spain or North Africa, is dated to the 9th or 10th century.

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