Characterization of glass tesserae from the mosque of cordoba

A. Gomez-Moron, N. Schibille, L. C. Alves, A. Bouzas Abad, P. Ortiz, Márcia Vilarigues, Teresa Palomar

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Abstract

The Maqsura and the Mihrab are one of the most important locations of the Mosque of Cordoba (Spain), built during the expansion of the Mosque by the caliph AlHakam II (962-965AD). The main goal of this study was to identify the glass tesserae from the different historical restorations. The mosaics from the Mihrab, the Sabat chamber and ceiling mosaics presented different types of tesserae spread along the two doors and the ceiling attributed to the different campaigns. However, the mosaics from the Bab Bayt al-Mal chamber presented different glass compositions because it was completely removed and an exact replica was installed in 1916. The chemical analysis detected a glass with high contents of PbO, mainly in the replacement tesserae, and in the green and yellow original tesserae. The original tesserae were classified into five different groups: tesserae with gold leaf, with inclusions, with bubbles, homogeneous opaque tesserae and red opaque tesserae.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Digital Technology for Cultural Heritage – Interdisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis, Vulnerability, Risk Assessment and Graphic Information Models - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress Science and Technology for the conservation of cultural heritage, TECHNOHERITAGE 2019
EditorsPilar Ortiz Calderón, Francisco Pinto Puerto, Philip Verhagen, Andrés J. Prieto
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages258-262
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780367363680
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event4th International Congress Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, TECHNOHERITAGE 2019 - Seville, Spain
Duration: 26 Mar 201930 Mar 2019

Conference

Conference4th International Congress Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, TECHNOHERITAGE 2019
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period26/03/1930/03/19

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