Tile from a Frieze
Tile from a frieze
second half 13th century
Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted, molded
10 7/8 x 11 1/4 in. (27.6 x 28.6 cm)
This stonepaste tile likely from the Ilkhanid summer palace of Takht-i Sulaiman contains a scene from the Shahnama. Possibly depicting the story of Bahram Gur returning to India with his bride, its main field bears a rider seated in a howda (carriage) on an elephant’s back, escorted by two haloed figures. The inscription along the bottom is illegible.
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