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Tile Panel in the form of an Architectural Niche

Maker:
Hasan ibn `Ali ibn Ahmad Babavaih
Object Name:
Tile with niche design
Date:
first half 14th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
Dimensions:
H. 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm) W. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Scholars have proposed that this large three-piece mihrab-shaped panel once adorned the tomb of the Sufi shaikh 'Abd al-Samad in Natanz. In addition to its selection of Qur'anic verses, the panel includes an inscription describing itself as the work of Hasan ibn 'Ali ibn Ahmad Babavaih, a known fourteenth-century tilemaker from Kashan. Indicative of the collaborative nature of this type of work, this piece also contains the signature of the calligrapher who wrote the inscription - 'Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Fadl Allah.
Signature: Hasan ibn 'Ali ibn Ahmad Babuyeh, the builder
Mr. Chiroe, London (ca. 1879–1909); [ Morris & Company, London, 1909; sold to MMA]
Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. p. 148, ill. fig. 126 (b/w).

Blair, Sheila S. "The Ilkhanid shrine complex at Natanz." PhD diss., Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1986. pp. 35, 65, ill. pl. 54.

Komaroff Linda, ed. "The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts." In Gifts of the Sultan. Los Angeles; New Haven and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011. no. 81, pp. 54, 234-5, ill. fig. 46 (color).

Khoury, Nuhan N. N. "The Mihrab Image: Commemorative Themes in Medieval Islamic Architecture." Muqarnas vol. 9 (1992). pp. 14-15, ill. fig. 4 (b/w).

Suleman, Fahmida, ed. "The Qur'an and its Creative Expressions." In Word of God, Art of Man. Qur'anic Studies Series 4. United States: Oxford University Press, 2007. p. 278, ill. fig. 16.4 (color.

Rossabi, Morris, Charles Melville, James C.Y. Watt, Tomoko Masuya, Sheila S. Blair, Robert Hillenbrand, Linda Komaroff, Stefano Carboni, Sarah Bertelan, and John Hirx. The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256–1353, edited by Stefano Carboni, and Linda Komaroff. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. no. 116, pp. 199, 268, ill. fig. 237 (color).



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