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Princely Figure with Jewelled Crown

Object Name:
Figure
Date:
mid-11th–mid-12th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stucco; modeled, carved, polychrome painted, gilded
Dimensions:
H. 56 1/2 in. (143.5 cm) W. 20 1/4 in. (51.5 cm) Gr. D. 10 in. (25.4 cm) Wt. including crate: 437 lbs. (198.2 kg) from the bottom of the coat to the top of the crown 45.3 inches (115 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, 1967
Accession Number:
67.119
  • Description

    This large polychrome stucco sculpture of a princely figure probably once served as a centerpiece of a more extensive composition of stucco revetments in an Iranian palace complex. Audience halls decorated with painted murals of similar figures were found in Lashkari Bazar (Afghanistan) and Merv (Turkmenistan). The figure has a round Turkic "moon face," fashionable in eastern and western Iran. He wears a robe under an embroidered and highly embellished coat, or kaftan, with a tiraz inscription band on the upper arm. The elaborate and partly gilded diadems and magnificent large sabers point to royal imagery.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in kufic script on tiraz band with cartouches, on right and left sleeves:
    الملك
    Dominion [belongs to God]

  • Provenance

    Hagop Kevorkian, New York (by 1931–d. 1962); Kevorkian Foundation, New York (1962–66; its sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York,, November 4–5, 1966, lot 196); Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wolfe, New York (1966–67)

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