These brick fragments were once part of the extensive polychrome wall decoration of the palace complex at Susa (built ca. 521-ca. 360 B.C.), the ancient city revived in the Achaemenid period. Glazed bricks and tiles with colorful motifs had been widely used at Babylon, the conquered royal city in Mesopotamia, and could have served as a model for the Achaemenids at Susa.
Acquired by the Museum in 1948, presented by the Tehran Museum in exchange for surveying equipment at the close of the Iranian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Iranian Ceramics." Asia House, New York, October–December 1963.
Wilkinson, Charles K. 1963. Iranian Ceramics, exh. cat., Asia House, New York, cat. 15, p. 3, p. 120.