Model of the interior of the Alhambra
Museum no. A.26-1936
This model shows the lobed ‘horseshoe’ arch which was a common motif in Umayyad Islamic architecture within Spain. The Umayyads had ruled the Islamic empire from Damascus but were then usurped by the Abbasids from Baghdad. The forced exile of the Umayyads brought them to Spain where they began a parallel Islamic kingdom within the Iberian peninsula.