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Twelve-Pointed Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
Date:
A.H. 846/A.D. 1442–43
Geography:
Iran, Khargird
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome glaze within black wax resist outlines (cuerda seca technique)
Dimensions:
H. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm) W. 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm) D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip M. Lydig, 1917
Accession Number:
17.143.1
  • Description

    This star‑shaped tile with interlaced design once graced the walls of the west iwan (vault) of the Madrasa al‑Ghiyathiyya, a religious school completed in 846/1442–43 in the city of Khargird in northeastern Iran. This example was executed in the so‑called cuerda seca (dry cord) technique wherein a greasy material separates the various colored glazes. During the firing process, the greasy line melts, leaving behind an unglazed band between the glazed areas.

  • Provenance

    Madrasaat Khargird, Iran (from about 1445); Philip M. Lydig, New York (until 1917; gifted to MMA)

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