Sälçük (Seljuk) Figure

Dating

12th to early 13th century C.E.

Sälçük (Seljuk) Figure

Origin

Sälçük İran (Seljuk Iran)

Materials

Gypsum plaster; modeled, carved, polychrome-painted, gilded

Dimensions

22.2 cm

52.1 cm

119.4 cm

Culture

Museum

Acquisition 

ID#

Sälçük (Seljuk)

MET

1956

57.51.18

Copyright Status

Open Access, MET

Source of Image

"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)."