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Square Tile

Object Name:
Square tile
Date:
late 13th century
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded and luster-painted on opaque white glaze under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 11 1/4 in. (29.2 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1940
Accession Number:
40.181.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This stonepaste tile depicts a horse standing between two haloed figures. In the upper register, an elephant, a panther, and a tiger face toward the left. Likely from a building at the Ilkhanid summer palace of Takht-i Sulaiman, this tile was one of many depicting animals and figures in procession above a primary scene. The use of cobalt and turquoise glazes was typical of ceramics produced during the Ilkhanid period, particularly in Kashan.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1930–40; gifted to MMA)
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