V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Abstract plant forms

The capital in the first image was made around 1370, but its shape is derived from that of the capital shown in the second image, which was made 400 years earlier. Although the general shape has continued, the overall effect is quite different. This is because the plant forms, such as the acanthus leaves around the base, have been turned into abstract motifs that have no apparent connection with the natural world.

Marble capital
Spain, probably Granada
About 1370
Museum No. 341-1866