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Two-toned Luster Tile Fragment

Object Name:
Tile fragment
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Iraq, probably Basra
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (12.1 cm) W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.75.25
  • Description

    While the carved stucco panels best-known to have decorated Abbasid imperial residences are today without color, archaeological evidence indicates that palaces of that period were in fact colorfully adorned with wall paintings, mosaic glass, and glazed ceramics. The multi-colored, mottled patterning of this luster fragment evokes luxurious marble that might also have featured as decoration. The tile is similar to an example in Berlin, that was unearthed at Samarra, which includes the figure of a rooster surrounded by a wreath.

  • Provenance

    British Museum, London (until 1923; sold to Robert L. Hobson for MMA)

  • See also
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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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