V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Script and scrollwork

Ivory caskets from Umayyad Spain often have an Arabic inscription around the edge of the lid telling us who they were made for. The elegant script is a later form of the Kufic style - taller, more slender and with leaf-like flourishes. On this casket, the remaining surfaces are covered with a symmetrical pattern of leafy scrolls, also found on a bigger scale on the walls of Umayyad palaces. The leaves are pierced with small holes, perhaps for small chips of gemstone.

Ivory casket
Spain, probably Córdoba
About 962
Museum No. A.580-1910
Bequest of George Salting