Standing Figure with Jeweled Headdress

Object Name: Figure

Date: 12th–early 13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Gypsum plaster; 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


It is known from excavations and textual evidence that figures in the round or with a flattened back were used to decorated palaces; few, however, have survived. This sculpture, one of two in the collection of the Museum, is also interesting for the study of medieval Islamic costume. The figure, still retaining much of its polychromy, is dressed in a bejeweled overgarment with sleeve bands inscribed "Sovereignty [belongs to God]."