Seated figure with tripartite crown

Accession Number

Seated figure with tripartite crown


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
10th century

Medium & Support

4 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. ( 12 cm x 7 cm x 6 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject 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.

Physical Description
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

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area

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Iraqi Islamic
Islamic (culture or style)
Seljuk pottery styles
figures (representations)
terracotta (clay material)
terracottas (sculptural works)

4 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Youth and Sexuality in the Middle East
(Part of: 2019 Summer Study Sets)
Cabinet I: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet I ➜ Shelf 3