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Hexagonal Tile

Object Name:
Hexagonal tile
Date:
first half 15th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Composite body; underglaze painted
Dimensions:
Ht. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm) Gr. DiagonaL. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.228.1
Not on view
The background of tightly coiled spirals and the use of black, blue, and turquoise underglaze pigments betray the Syrian provenance of this tile. The lidded ewer on a stand, a form that is still popular in the Middle East, is a recurrent motif based on contemporary metal examples.
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1938
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 40, p. 36, ill. pl. 40 (color).

Hess, Catherine. "Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance." In The Arts of Fire. Los Angeles, 2004. pl. 9, ill. pp. 92-93 (color.



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