Mshatta. Palace tower.
8th c Jordanian Umayyad Architectural Decoration
(661 - 1031)
Berlin. Vorderasiatisches Museum.
The base of one of the towers of the Palace of Mshatta in Jordan has been reconstructed in the Near Eastern Museum in Berlin. Created for Al-Walid some 20 years later than the palace at Palace of Qasr al-Heir, the decoration has become more lacelike and organic. The rosette that we saw under the standing figure of Caliph Hisham has here become a three-dimensional accent that is repeated, along with the powerful V-shapes on the bases of the towers and the frieze which continues down the walls. Small animals hide among the arabesques created by the foliage. Similar decorative arabesques with small animals are found on the rugs that date from a thousand years later.
Originally constructed under 743 - 744. Reconstructed 1903 - 1963.