An oriental prince

WB.190     1650–1700 • Enamelled gold, pearl and diamonds • statuette

This miniature figure represents the taste for the exotic and oriental in the courts of Dresden and Vienna from around 1650.

Curator's Description

Statuette; gold; Oriental prince seated cross-legged on cushion covered with carpet; holds sceptre in right hand, left hand raised; wears high turban of baroque pearl, enamelled, surmounted by crescent and diamond aigrette; gold mantle with fleur-de-lis in blue enamel; white coat with gold frogs and five diamond buttons; crimson trousers; blue gaiters; sceptre set with square diamond; carpet enamelled; black wood stand with gold, enamel and jewels.

This object was collected and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.

How big is it?

6.8 cm wide, 9 cm high, 4.5 cm deep, and it weighs 124.8g

Detailed Curatorial Notes

Provenance: None is recorded.


  • Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 190, fig.27
  • O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.190.
  • References

    1. Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
    2. Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927

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