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A Group of Mosaic Tilework Fragments

Object Name:
Tile fragments
Date:
last quarter 15th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Isfahan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome glazed tiles, set into clay
Dimensions:
Tiles are currently being housed in 20 trays. Footprint of trays is approximately 94" x 37" x 24".
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.270.1–.166
  • Description

    With their curvilinear floral designs and limited color palette, the intricate mosaic tilework design on these fragments may be compared to the illuminations found in contemporary fifteenth‑century manuscripts. The small selection of fragments presented here is taken from a group of more than five hundred that arrived at the Museum in 1907. While their original context has proved difficult to identify, they may once have adorned a late fifteenth‑century mausoleum in the city of Isfahan.

  • Provenance

    [ K.M. Jamgotchian, New York, until 1907; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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