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Corner Tile

Object Name:
Corner tile
Date:
early 14th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; modeled, inglaze painted in blue and luster-painted on opaque white glaze
Dimensions:
H. 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm) W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm) D: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm) Wt. 12 lbs. (5.4 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1940
Accession Number:
40.181.8
  • Description

    With its exquisite palette and elegant scrolling vine design, this tile, one of three corner tiles, once formed part of a sumptuous architectural installation. Inscribed with verses of the Qur'an, the tiles presumably decorated a religious structure, such as a mosque or tomb complex. The inscription that runs along the top of one of these tiles would have continued in the form of a frieze—as can be seen in the series of related tiles on display in the nearby wall case.

  • Provenance

    H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1930–40; gifted to MMA)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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