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Tile from a Frieze

Object Name:
Tile from a frieze
Date:
A.H. 734/A.D. 1334
Geography:
Iran, Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; molded, luster-painted, and glazed
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1940
Accession Number:
40.181.5
  • Description

    Inscribed: "and the earth, in six d[ays]" from Qur'an 7:54

    This tile and tile 40.185.6 once graced the Imamzada 'Ali ibn Ja'far tomb complex in the city of Qum. The associated mihrab, now in the National Museum of Iran, bears the date of Ramadan 734 / May 1334, and the signature of Yusuf ibn 'Ali Muhammad ibn Abi Tahir (active 1305–34). Yusuf was the fourth and last generation of the Abu Tahir family of potters from Kashan, and this tile represents one of the final examples of the family's long-lived tile-making tradition.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: ..."the Merciful, the Compassionate..."

  • Provenance

    Imamzada 'Ali ibn Ja'far mausoleum, Qum, Iran (from 1334); H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1930–40; gifted to MMA)

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