V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Courtly magnificence

The Umayyads followed the Byzantine rulers in commissioning exquisite ivory caskets for their palaces. But the political and religious subjects the Byzantines depicted could not be used in an Islamic state. So the Umayyads created their own designs, based on life at court. On this casket princes sip wine and listen to music. They are surrounded by paired animals set in roundels, a motif that also appeared on the silk textiles of the time.

Ivory casket
Spain, Córdoba or Cuenca
Museum No. 10-1866