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Qusayr 'Amra: Art and the Umayyad Elite in Late Antique Syria

Garth Fowden


From the stony desolation of Jordan's desert, it is but a step through a doorway into the bath house of the Qusayr 'Amra hunting lodge. Inside, multicolored frescoes depict scenes from courtly life and the hunt, along with musicians, dancing girls, and naked bathing women. The traveler is transported to the luxurious and erotic world of a mid-eighth-century Muslim Arab prince. For scholars, though, Qusayr 'Amra, probably painted in the 730s or 740s, has proved a mirage, its concreteness dissolved by doubts about date, patron, and meaning. This is the first book-length contextualization of the ... More

Keywords: Qusayr 'Amra, court life, patron, iconography, literary sources, Umayyad period, Muslim elite, late antique Syria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780520236653
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Garth Fowden, author