Seated figure with tripartite crownArtist(s)IranianArtist NationalityIranianObject Creation Date10th centuryMedium & SupportterracottaDimensions
4 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. ( 12 cm x 7 cm x 6 cm )Credit LineMuseum PurchaseSubject matter
Similar figurines have been found at the excavations at Wasit, published by F. Safar. They were discovered in the Ilkhanid levels of Sounding No. 5; the clay is fine-grained, buff or slightly pink.
The figurines represent various personanages: musicians, dancers, etc. The entire hoard seems to have belonged to a toy-shop and were probably banat,
used in some game, the theme of which was the banquet.
The moulded head of the terracotta figurine represents a royal personnage. He wears a three-lobed crown, spherical earrings, and a necklace. He is seated with his legs bent from the hips at right angles to the upper part of the body. The legs are crossed and thus form a circular base which allows the essentially two-dimensional figure to remain erect. The assembling of the limbs was apparently done after the figurine had been cast.Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypefigureAdditional Object Classification(s)CeramicCollection AreaWesternRights
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Islamic (culture or style)
Seljuk pottery styles
terracotta (clay material)
terracottas (sculptural works)