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Tile Depicting Bahram Gur and Azada

Object Name:
Tile from a frieze
Date:
ca. 1300
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/8 in. (31.4 cm) W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Otto H. Kahn, 1910
Accession Number:
10.56.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Illustrating a scene from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama, this tile depicts the hero Bahram Gur hunting with his favorite harp-playing companion, Azada - both atop a striding camel. Similar tiles bearing figures drawn from popular Persian literature are known to have decorated the Ilkhanid summer palace known as Takht-e Sulaiman, likely built in the late 13th century for the ruler Abaqa (1265-1282).
Otto H. Kahn, New York (until 1910; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 200, ill. fig. 131 (b/w).

Blair, Sheila S., and Jonathan M. Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800. Yale University Press Pelican History of art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994. p. 6, ill. pl. 2 (b/w).



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