Figural sculpture has been found in palace excavations. This terracotta lute-player belongs to the theme of royal entertainment. It was made by pressing clay into a mould, making this an expensive form of decoration.
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Title: Architectural ornament with "oudh" (lute) player
Date: late 11th-13th century
Location: Probably Iran
Physical Dimensions: w15.2 x h33 x d2.6 cm
Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
Medium:Ceramic (earthenware, moulded), with iron-rich slip-paint