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Tile from an Inscriptional Frieze

Object Name:
Tile from a frieze
Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
Dimensions:
14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.110.20
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]
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