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Frieze Tile

Object Name:
Frieze tile
Date:
second half 13th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded, inglaze painted in blue and turquoise, luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm) W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm) D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1910
Accession Number:
10.9.1
Not on view
This frieze tile is molded in low relief and painted in luster over an opaque white ground with accents of turquoise and cobalt blue. The background presents a lush landscape of vegetal motifs and birds in flight, while in the foreground two horsemen stab a deer with their swords. The figures wear luxurious clothes, and the artist has taken care to depict different textile patterns on each. Luster tiles of similar quality, color scheme, and motifs decorated the palace at Takht-i Sulaiman, an important Ilkhanid imperial residence.
George Blumenthal, New York (until 1910; gifted to MMA)
Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London; Boston: Faber and Faber, 1985. ill. pl. L,a.

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 18, p. 23, ill. (b/w).

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. 98, pp. 52, 265, ill. fig. 50 (color).



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