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Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
12th century
Iran, Kashan
Stonepaste; luster-painted
W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
Accession Number:
Not on view
Whether loose or on a building, Iranian glazed tiles fascinated scholars and collectors for aesthetic reasons. The tiles’ role in the decoration of facades and minarets in the second half of the eleventh century became an early subject of academic investigation.
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 6b, p. 11, ill. (b/w).

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