Project Description

Political Intrigue, Sex and Murder at the Court of the Caliphate of Cordoba

  • Monday 10 May 2021 at 16:30

  • Venue: Salon Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola

  • Lecturer: Ian Cockburn

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Sometimes a single object can tell a very complex story about the times in which it was created.  The ivory workshops licensed by the Caliphal court in tenth-century Cordoba were renowned for the exquisite beauty of the carved ivory caskets and pyxides that they created, as gifts given between members of the court and to visiting ambassadors. Understanding the iconographic programmes carved on these objects is a fascinating study in itself. But the al-Mughira pyxis, now in the permanent collection of the Louvre, can be interpreted either according to the familiar iconography – or re-interpreted to expose a complex story of intrigue, sex and murder, during a succession crisis in Cordoba, that almost beggars belief.


About the Lecturer

Ian Cockburn, an art historian with a BA (Birkbeck College) in art history and an MA (Courtauld Institute of Art) in medieval Spanish art history is a specialist in the nearly 800 years of Moorish occupation and Christian reconquest of medieval Iberia. He founded and is a director of Art & Culture Andalucia,  which specialises in guided cultural tours in Spain. Ian also lectures in London at institutions such as the V&A, SOAS, Christies Education, and the London Art History Society. He was formerly a Chartered Accountant and senior manager in multi-national IT companies, with extensive public-speaking experience.