Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Court figure, part of a palace decoration
12th–13th century
H: 27; L: 32.5 cm
Gift of Ayoub Rabenou, Paris
Accession number: B64.10.3843
The round face, crowned with long, flowing hair, and the almond-shaped eyes are suggestive of a figure of Turkic-Mongol extraction. Such figures were common in the decorative art of the period and shed light on the ethnic origin of the ruling class.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir