Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
W. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, 1915
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
The five inscriptional luster-glazed tiles shown here contain passages from the Qur'an written in cobalt blue glaze against a scrolling floral vine. They may have once formed part of a calligraphic frieze within a tomb or religious structure, in combination with the corner tiles currently installed in the archway to your left. Note that the top of one of these corner tiles exhibits calligraphy in the same style and palette as those found in this case.
Inscription: Beginning of Sura 2, Verse 285, including "the Messanger"
Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson, New York (until 1915; gifted to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 21g, p. 26, ill. (b/w).