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Carved Star Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
early 13th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; carved and partially glazed
11.25 in. high 11.25 in. wide (28.6 cm high 28.6 cm wide)
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles B. Hoyt, 1932
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Tiles display different ornamental solutions, both through shape and surface decoration. An interesting variant is presented here in the chiaroscuro effect that is created by the visual contrast between the carved and unglazed scrolls and the pale turquoise glaze that partially covers the surface.
[ Kirkor Minassian, New York]; Charles B. Hoyt, Cambridge, MA (until 1932; gifted to MMA)
New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994, no. 4.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 35, p. 32, ill. pl. 35 (color).

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 4, p. 9, ill. (b/w).

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