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Hexagonal Tile

Object Name:
Hexagonal tile
second half 15th century
Attributed to Egypt
Stonepaste; underglaze painted
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
Not on view
The design of this tile was strongly influenced by Chinese models, in both composition and color. The Egyptian taste for blue-and-white botanical designs was filtered through Iranian versions from the Ilkhanid period (1256–1353). It is known that Iranian artists moved westward at the beginning of the fifteenth century.
Lester Elliot, New York (until 1967; sold to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 54.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, suppl. #45-50.

Cardwell, John. "Six tiles." In Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Richard Ettinghausen. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. p. 110, ill. fig. 1 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 54, pp. 142-143, ill. p. 143 (b/w).

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