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c1920 The Alhambra Court of the Lions (Patio de los Leones) Stereo-view – Granada Spain Moorish Citadel – Glossy Finish Keystone Real Photo Stereo View
Circa 1920 vintage GLOSSY FINISH real photo stereo view of The Court of the Lions (Spanish: Patio de los Leones, the main court of the Nasrid dynasty Palace of the Lions, in the heart of the Alhambra, the Moorish citadel formed by a complex of palaces, gardens and forts in Granada, Spain.
The Palace of the Lions was commissioned by the Nasrid sultan Muhammed V of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, and construction started in 1377 AD., with a number of other new rooms, such as the Mexuar or Cuarto Dorado.
The Court of the Lions is an oblong court surrounded by a low gallery supported on white marble columns. A pavilion projects into the court at each extremity, with filigree walls and light domed roof, elaborately ornamented. The square is paved with coloured tiles, and the colonnade with white marble; while the walls are covered from the ground with blue and yellow tiles, with a border above and below enameled blue and gold. The columns supporting the roof and gallery are irregularly placed, and adorned by varieties of foliage, etc. About each arch there is a large square of arabesques; and over the pillars is another square of filigree work. In the center of the court is the celebrated Fountain of Lions, a magnificent alabaster basin supported by the figures of twelve lions in white marble.
It is believed the Lions date to the 11th Century, and come from the house of the Jewish vizier "Yusuf Ibn Nagrela" (1066). They are believed to represent the 12 tribes of Israel - two of them with a triangle on the forehead, indicating the two chosen tribes of "Judá" and "Leví".
Curve-mounted view negative #1712T published by Keystone View Company of Meadville PA; New York City; Chicago; and London. Undated Keystone copyright. Text on the back is also copyrighted by Keystone.
3-D EFFECT: The 3-D effect on the ballroom, particularly the columns in the foreground supporting the balcony is exceptional.
PHOTO NOTE: The actual images are albumen (sepia toned) real photos with a GLOSSY FINISH. The bright area at the top of both photos is a reflection of the photo flash on the glossy finish. Both photos are clean, crisp, sharp and in good condition - and the actual images are MUCH sharper through a stereo viewer than they appear in the scanned and photo images. Small age-related surface scratches and wear marks that are almost completely imperceptible in the viewer, are accentuated by the photographing process.
CONDITION NOTE: Card is in very fine condition with no tears or creases. Both photos are undamaged. Slight scuffing damage along the top edge of the card and corners. Lower left card corner has very slight diagonal crease.
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