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Two Fragments of an Inscriptional Frieze

Object Name:
Tile fragment
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; carved decoration under opaque monochrome glaze
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.40.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This fragment, which includes three letters of the word "Allah," would have been part of a long horizontal band forming part of the decoration on the facade of a presumably religious building. Glazed tiles, especially in light or turquoise blue, were readily available from cobalt deposits in Iran and became popular in this region as early as the twelfth century, gradually replacing carved stucco as the favored medium for architectural decoration.
Inscription: Part of a larger inscription which reads "Allah"

There are two words in thulth script on the tile. The first reads:
لله
which could be الله

And the second reads:
عنلـ
Which it may be عنکم
The two words must be part of a Quranic verse.

(A.Ghouchani )
1936, excavated near the South Horn in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1937, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 35, pp. 100-101, ill. p. 101 (b/w).

Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "Meisterwerke aus dem Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In Islamische Kunst. Berlin: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 1981. no. 35, pp. 100-101, ill. p. 101 (b/w).

Wilkinson, Charles K. Nishapur: Some Early Islamic Buildings and their Decoration. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. p. 116, ill. fig. 1.116 (b/w).

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 3, p. 8, ill. (b/w).



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