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Figure - Ayatollah Khomeini

Ayatollah Khomeini

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1985-1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Simon Kwan

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 15, shelf 3

Physical description

Bust of Ayatollah Khomeini, moulded, with hand-finished details. Depicts the head and shoulders of the Ayatollah in blue priest's robe and black turban, looking straight ahead with an intent stare. With black, white and blue glazes, and the addition of overglaze flesh-colour for the face, and various black, red and yellow details. On the front of the base is an inscription in Farsi (Persian) 'Islamic Republic of Iran'.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1985-1989 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, moulded, painted in enamels


Height: 30.0 cm, Width: 13.5 cm base, Depth: 11.5 cm base

Historical context note

Must have been made as a diplomatic gift, either for a visit to, or from, high officials of the Iranian government.

Descriptive line

Bust of Ayatollah Khomeini, porcelain painted in enamels, China, 1985-1989




Moulded; Painted


Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics


East Asia Collection

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