Two Cordovan capitals will be auctioned at Sotheby’s

Two Cordovan capitals will be auctioned at Sotheby’s

The April 24 a bid will be held in London under the name Arts of the Islamic World announcing that the auction of two Cordovan capitals from the Umayyad period. Previously, Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions have already taken place, one of the most famous cases being that of the beams belonging to the Cordoba Mosque in 2008.

The most expensive of the capitals offered has a value between 58,648 and 82,106 euros and belongs to the period of Alhakén II. Among its characteristics is that it is 33 centimeters high and has a surface carved with acanthus leaves that extend their crowns outside the corners.

The catalog shows the existence of objects with similar characteristics belonging to the Archaeological Museum of Córdoba or Medina Azahara and that show the passage of time during the reigns of Abderramán III (912-961) and Alhakén II (961-976).

Another of the capitals dates between the 9th and 10th centuries and the auction will begin with a value between 23,458 and 29,321 euros. With a height of 21 centimeters, it is carved with two superimposed acanthus leaves. Examples of this type of capital are found in the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Archaeological Museum in Córdoba, the Metropolitan in New York, the Louvre in Paris and the Archaeological Museum in Madrid.

The differences between Spanish and British laws, regarding the protection of heritage, make it difficult to paralyze this type of bidding in which, through the confidentiality policy, they will make it impossible to communicate where they come from.

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