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Tile from a Frieze

Object Name:
Tile from a frieze
Date:
13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) W. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) D: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.111
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This tile bearing verses from the Qur’an may have once formed part of a calligraphic frieze within a tomb or religious structure. Written in thuluth script, the raised text from Sura 62 (Al-Jumu‘ah), Verse 9 demands that believers join in Friday prayer. The narrow bands of naskh script above and below also contain Qur’anic verses, here painted in luster over an opaque white glaze. Perhaps set at eye-level above a dado of geometric tiles, the full group would have once formed a continuous band of text. A total of twenty tiles from this frieze are known to exist, including eight in the Museum’s collection.
Inscription: In Arabic, Qur'anic inscriptions are organized into registers; the first is smaller and in the upper white border (sura 55:65-70), the second (sura 62:9) is the central inscription, which is larger and molded; and the third is located in the lower white border (sura 34:12-13).
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1922
Asia Society. "Iranian Ceramics," May 3, 1963–September 12, 1963, no. 66.

New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994, no. 21b.

Wilkinson, Charles K. Iranian Ceramics. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1963. no. 66, pp. 8, 133, ill. pl. 66 (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 21b, p. 26, ill. (b/w).



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