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Glazed Tiles with Kufic Inscription

Object Name:
Tiles
Date:
12th century
Geography:
Syria, Raqqa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; carved, turquoise glaze
Dimensions:
H. 67 in. (170.2 cm) W. 7 in. (17.8 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Otto H. Kahn, 1910
Accession Number:
10.56.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 458
The six tiles composing this frieze entered the collection in 1910 in a different composition: assembled into a panel with three rows of two pieces each, with no regard for the inscriptions—to the point that one was placed upside down. The restorer who had joined them either could not read the Arabic script or assumed that the owner would not be able to do so. In 1975 museum conservators remounted the tiles as a horizontal frieze, a solution that is likely closer to the original format.
Otto H. Kahn, New York (until 1910; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th cent.," February 10, 2016–July 17, 2016.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 14, pp. 14-15, ill. pl. 14 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 44, ill. fig. 30 (color).



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