Standing Figure with Feathered Headdress

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

The ornamented headdress, arms, and rich vestments of this figure suggests that figures like this one most likely represent a sovereign’s personal guard, viziers or amirs. Probably meant to decorate the reception hall of a ruler’s court, be it the Seljuq sultan or one of his local vassals or successors, they would parallel and enhance actual ceremonies in the very setting in which they took place. Recent analyses have proven that a traditionally-made gypsum plaster is consistently employed on these figures and on archaeological stuccoes. The figures also display integrated restoration of the first half of the twentieth century, including additions in a more refined gypsum, and modern pigments (some of the reds and synthetic ultramarine blue).

#6691. Two Royal Figures, Part 1



  1. 6691. Two Royal Figures, Part 1
  2. 6746. Two Royal Figures, Part 2
Standing Figure with Feathered Headdress, Gypsum plaster; modeled, carved, polychrome-painted, gilded

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