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Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
Date:
13th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.110.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This eight-pointed star tile was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles adorning the wall of an Ilkhanid building. Likely produced in the ceramic center of Kashan, it is one of many tiles depicting an animal – in this case, a spotted mule – surrounded by a border of text. Unlike most similar Kashani examples however, the naskh inscription around the border is Qur’anic (Suras 112 and 114).
Signature: No
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Palm Beach, FL. The Society of the Four Arts. "Loan to the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fl," February 2, 1962–February 27, 1962.

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