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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Fountainhead

Location:

Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

MW.7

Period / Dynasty

Umayyad

Provenance:

Spain, Cordoba

Description:

This animal, a hind or female deer, would once have stood beside a pool or fountain in one of the palaces of Umayyad Spain. A very similar piece, now in the Cordoba Museum, was discovered in the ruins of the caliphal pleasure-palace of Madinat al-Zahra, where the historian al-Maqqari mentions there being a marble basin adorned with fountain heads in the shape of different animals. The decoration on the hind’s body gives the impression that it is covered in a sumptuous, tasselled textile.

Citation of this web page:

 "Fountainhead" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;4;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 04

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