Head of a Central Asian Figure

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This head belonged to a full figure most likely representing a royal attendant (courtier, vizier, or amir) or guard. Similar images have been found in wall paintings of the reception hall of palatine complexes, typically flanking or facing the enthronement area. In their regality and power, suggested on this head by the jeweled headdress, they conveyed the very essence of rulership and authority in the visual arts of the Great Seljuqs and their successor states.

Head of a Central Asian Figure, Gypsum plaster; modeled, carved

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