A Fatimid marble jar stand (kilga), Egypt, 11th/12th century
of typical form, standing on four flared and ribbed feet, a rectangular trough with zoomorphic spout above, faceted sides carved with architectural details
32.8 by 52.5 by 38.5cm.
Abrasions to surface consistent with age, carved design design clear, weathering, loss to minor section missing to trough side, encrustation to interior, one back leg broken and restored, as viewed.
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Sureda was the Director of Political Affairs for the Middle East and Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Consul-General and Ambassador to Rabat. This kilga was acquired when Surena was Ambassador to Cairo between 1958 and 1962.