Ivory Pyxis, Umayyad Spain, 970
from Madinat al-Zahra


2nd medallion: mounted falconer


Pyxis. Spain, Madinat al-Zahra, ca. 970. Elephant ivory, carved and engraved. OA 2774.
Source: Silkroad

4th medallion: lute player & drinker


Pyxis without cover
C. 970
Madinat al-Zahra, Spain
Elephant ivory with carved and engraved decoration

Each of the four medallions has its own decoration: two facing lions beneath a tree, each with a fore-paw placed on a bovine; two antilopes back to back, attacked by dogs; a horsebacked hunter with a falcon; and finally, a lute player and a drinker.
Gift of Baron Charles Davillier, 1885
Source: Louvre Museum, Department of Islamic Art, OA 2774.



Mounted Hunters on an Umayyad Casket from Cordoba, c.966-968
Ivory Pyxis of Ziyad ibn Aflah, Umayyad Spain, c. 969-970
Soldiers on a Moorish Casket from Cuenca, c.1049AD
Leyre (or Pamplona) Casket, Umayyad Spain, 1004-1005AD

Other 10th century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
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