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Beam with Surat al-Nur
  • Accession Number:AKM628
  • Place:Spain (Historic al-Andalus)
  • Dimensions:427 x 16.7 cm
  • Date:10th–11th centuries
  • Materials and Technique:Carved wood

A rare survival from the Umayyad period in Spain (756–1031), this architectural fragment would have been part of the decorative frieze of the interior of a mosque. The inscription bears the Qur’anic verse of light (Surat al-Nur), which is an allegorical reference to Divine Light. The verse was commonly used to adorn mosques, especially their vase-shaped lamps. The inscription is carved in deep relief in a foliated Kufic script surmounted by a repetitive floral element.


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