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Excavation of Samarra: watercolor plan of Palace of the Caliph

Excavation of Samarra: watercolor plan of Palace of the Caliph

The Palace of the Caliph was the first major complex of Abbasid Samarra. Occupied from 836–84, it overlooked the Tigris River and contained monumental gardens, residences, polo grounds, and audience rooms. Herzfeld created this plan after months of making careful measurements and wall traces.


Excavation of Samarra: watercolor plan of Palace of the Caliph
Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948)
1911–13
Ink and watercolor on paper
Ernst Herzfeld Papers
Freer|Sackler Archives, FSA A.6 05.1016