Museum of Islamic Art
Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century
This animal, a hind or female deer, would once have stood beside a pool or fountain in one of the palaces of Umayyad Spain. A very similar piece, now in the Cordoba Museum, was discovered in the ruins of the caliphal pleasure-palace of Madinat al-Zahra, where the historian al-Maqqari mentions there being a marble basin adorned with fountain heads in the shape of different animals. The decoration on the hind’s body gives the impression that it is covered in a sumptuous, tasselled textile.
"Fountainhead" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;qt;Mus21;4;en&id=sculptures
MWNF Working Number: QT 04