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Plaster figure

Plaster figure

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1200-1250 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Plaster figure in the form of a harpy, with moulded features.

A.20 to 24-1928 were all donated at the same time by Lady Marling. The pigments on A.23-1928 were analysed in 2006 by Raman spectroscopy, by Lucia Burgio in V&A's Conservation Science section. The bright red pigment (on the mouth and eyebrows) was identified as vermilion, the black (on the hair and eyes) gave a weak signal for carbon black, but no spectrum could be obtained for the dull yellow pigment (used for the eyes). See Conservation Science report no. 06-03-LB.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1200-1250 (made)


Height: 13 cm, Width: 11 cm

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rudolf Riefstahl, "Persian Islamic Stucco Sculptures: Representation of the Human Figure in Islamic Art", The Art Bulletin, vol. 13, no. 4 (Dec. 1931), pp. 439-463




Middle East Section

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