V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Roman forms

The ‘composite’ capital, with acanthus leaves carved in the round, seems completely Roman. But the Arabic inscription along the top edge, carved in the Kufic style, shows it is from Umayyad Spain. The second capital is more obviously Islamic. The overall shape is still Roman, but most of the surfaces were left flat. They were then undercut with a continuous network of plant motifs. This became the typically Umayyad form of capital.

Marble capital
Spain, probably Córdoba
Museum No. A.10-1922