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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 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
41.165.12
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. The central plant, surrounded by abstract vegetal forms that extend fully into each point of the star, was produced in a time-consuming and elaborate process in which copper luster was applied to the tile after its initial firing of blue, turquoise, and white glazes. The text running along the border consists of verses of Persian poetry.
Inscription: This was written in the blessed month of Allah, Ramadan, year 3....(probably A.H. 663, June AD 1265)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
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