Stonepaste; polychrome glaze within black wax resist outlines (cuerda seca technique)
L. 8 3/5 in. (21.8 cm)
W. 8 3/5 in. (21.8 cm)
D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
Not on view
This tile, painted and glazed in cuerda seca over white slip, was once an element of a larger garden scene panel. These panels were used to decorate secular buildings in Isfahan and elsewhere. The young man’s tilted head and the palette and composition of the background are typical of Safavid tiles in this technique.
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994, no. 36.
Joseph Breck. "The William Milne Grinell Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., vol. XV (1920). pp. 273-275.
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 36, p. 41, ill. (b/w).