Stonepaste; molded, overglaze painted, and leaf gilded (lajvardina)
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1966
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)
New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994.
Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 28, p. 33, ill. (b/w).