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Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
Date:
13th–14th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
8 in. (20.3 cm) Entire tile paneL. 53 lbs. (24 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
41.165.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This eight-pointed star tile was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles adorning the walls of an Ilkhanid building. Likely produced in the ceramic center of Kashan, it depicts the waq-waq design of a plant whose tendrils develop into the heads of animals, a feature which came into Iran during the Seljuq period. The Persian text running along the border of the tile is an excerpt from the Shahnama in which Rustam, one of the tale’s great heroes, is engaged in battle.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
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