Iran / Container in the shape of a horse and rider / 12thâ??13th centuryIran
Container in the shape of a horse and rider
12thâ??13th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Iranian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Iran
Title: Container in the shape of a horse and rider
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1100
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 12thâ??13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Composite body, underglaze-painted
Dimensions: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm), W. 3 in. (7.6 cm), D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Description: 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.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 66.23
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1966
Copyright: Copyright ?? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.66.23
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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