Fresco of two court musicians and a mounted hunter
Date ca. 730
Provenance Qasr al-Hayr (West)
Housed at National Museum, Damascus
While simultaneously commissioning great mosques, the princes of the ruling Umayyad house were quick to adopt the grandeur of the Graeco-Roman and Sasanian styles. Urban and remote palaces were constructed with accompanying bathhouses that often contained grand mosaics and frescos, displaying scenes of court life, hunts, musicians, etc.