Stonepaste; modeled, polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Tile A: H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Tile B: H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Gift of Ralph D. Minasian, 2011
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
These tiles represent a ceramic type produced by the workshop of Ibn al-Ghaibi al‑Tawrizi, which operated out of Damascus in the early fifteenth century before relocating to Cairo. The panel is so similar in technique, composition, and style to one signed by Ghaibi and still extant in the funerary complex of Ghars al‑Din al‑Tawrizi (d. 1430) in Damascus that it probably came from that very building. The Museum holds more than a dozen sherds bearing the signature of this workshop, as well as a ceramic mosque lamp signed by the son of Ghaibi.
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (before d. 1962; gifted to Minassian); Ralph Minasian, New Hyde Park, NY (before 1962–2011; gifted to MMA)
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 98, pp. 150-151, ill. p. 150 (color).
Date: dated A.H. 1119/A.D. 1707Medium: Wood (poplar) with gesso relief, gold and tin leaf, glazes and paint; wood (cypress, poplar, and mulberry), mother-of-pearl, marble and other stones, stucco with glass, plaster ceramic tiles, iron, brassAccession: 1970.170On view in:Gallery 461