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Tile, half star

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile fragment
Date:
second half 13th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded, overglaze painted, and leaf gilded (lajvardina)
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm) W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.95.8
Not on view
With the Mongol conquest of Iran Chinese design merged with Persian techniques of polychrome glazed tiles. A phenix is painted on a blue ground, coloured with lapislazuli (lajvardina), which gave the name of that ware. The body and the feathers, and some of the clouds are covered with cut gold leafs.
Arthur Upham Pope, Warren, CT (until 1966; sold to MMA)
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 28, p. 33, ill. (b/w).



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