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Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Bust of a Moor
Black servants were frequently found in noble and royal households from the late seventeenth century and this figure has traditionally been identified as a favourite personal servant of William III (r.1609-1702). The Moor’s feathered turban and jewelled band indicate high, perhaps royal status, but the collar unmistakably marks him as a slave. John Nost is best known for carved marble funerary monuments and decorative chimney pieces using exotic marbles.