Stonepaste; molded in sections, monochrome painted under transparent turquoise glaze
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm), D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966 (66.23)
This figurine represents the relatively rare sculptural tradition within Islamic art. Although the function of this and other such Seljuq equestrian figures is not entirely known, they appear to portray significant personages. Here the overall symbolism conveyed is that of a warrior or hunter: the rider holds a cup, carries a short staff, and bears what appears to be a shield. The small animal seated behind the rider may be a hunting cheetah, and the hollowness of the object's upper section suggests a container-like function.