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Cross-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Cross-shaped tile
Date:
13th 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) Wt. (whole group) 31 lbs. (14.1 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1941
Accession Number:
41.165.33
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Four seated animals occupy the arms of this cross-shaped tile which was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles on the walls of an Ilkhanid building. Probably produced in the ceramic center of Kashan in Central Iran, it displays many characteristics typical of this important site, including the use of opulent luster glaze, a balanced composition with one animal in each arm, and the spirals and dots that fill the background.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
Grube, Ernst J. "The Art of Islamic Pottery." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 23, no. 6 (February 1965). p. 221, ill. fig. 24 (b/w).



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