Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This frieze tile bears a Qur’anic inscription set in modeled relief against a pattern of scrolls and dense foliage, with lotus blossoms on a vegetal background above. Inscriptional friezes composed of tiles like this example were often set at eye level above dados of stars and crosses in palaces, mosques, and mausoleums.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]