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Visigothic? Stone Sarcophagus Panel from Almodovar, 6th? century.
Photo from Alamy
Archeological Museum, Cordoba.
Lám. VIA.- Particular del primer jinete y su rostro en el relieve de Almodóvar, Córdoba.
In a publication of 2006 we proposed the possibility that the famous “Iberian relief of Almodovar” was actually a piece of the Visigothic period,
taking into account the type of carving, types of work and, only as a last resort, the iconography.
Through a comprehensive programme of recovery and restoration of pieces of the Archaeological Museum of Cordoba undertaken during 2009 we have been able to verify that the so-called “relief” is actually,
and as mentioned immediately after its discovery, the decorated front of the case of a sarcophagus,
confirming that way that we can date back the piece to Late Antiquity, which leads the author to reflect on the limits of iconographic studies.
A summary of the dates proposed for this piece, with mention of the problems it entails, can be seen in Noga-Banai (2008: 139, note 85), where the date of the piece dates back to the beginning of the 5th century AD until the 10th century AD, according to the authors.
Source: EL SARCÓFAGO TARDOANTIGUO DEL CAMINO VIEJO DE ALMODÓVAR (O DE LOS LÍMITES DE LA ICONOGRAFÍA)
THE LATE ANTIQUITY SARCOPHAGUS FROM ALMODOVAR OLD ROAD (OR THE LIMITS OF ICONOGRAPHY) by JERÓNIMO SÁNCHEZ VELASCO
Referenced as figure 78 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
78. Sarcophagus, mid-6th century AD, Visigothic, Provincial Archaeological Museum, Cordoba (Kin).
See also Visigothic? Stone Sarcophagus from Alcaudete, Spain, 6th-7th century. Archeological Museum, Madrid.
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