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Panel of Four Calligraphic Tiles

Object Name:
Tile panel
Date:
14th–early 15th century
Geography:
Morocco
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; glazed and carved
Dimensions:
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm) W. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Leon B. Polsky and Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, in honor of Patti Cadby Birch, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.146
  • Description

    Arabic Inscription: "What excellent companions are happiness and good fortune!"
    Epigraphic friezes executed in ceramic tile were integral to the decorative program of interiors in both Morocco and Spain. They were situated near eye level, between a dado of tile mosaic and upper-wall decoration of carved stucco. These tiles were first entirely coated in purplish black glaze, which was carved away leaving behind the calligraphy on a background of foliate scrolls.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in thuluth script:
    نعم الرفیق السعد والتوفیق
    What excellent companions are happiness and good fortune

    This proverd is from Badi’ al-Zaman Abi al-Fazl Ahmad Ibn al-Husain al-Hamadaniبدیع الزمان أبي الفضل أحمد بن الحسین الهمذاني and appears in:
    Abu Mansur al-Tha‘ālibī , al-‘Ijāz wa’l-’Ijāz , ed. Ibrahim Salih, Dar al-Bash’ir publication, p. 145. (the word السعد happiness does not appear in this reference).
    A.Ghouchani :2012

  • Provenance

    [ Spink & Son Ltd., London, until 1999; sold to MMA]

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