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Square Tile

Object Name:
Square tile
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Afghanistan, Ghazni
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; molded and monochrome glazed
Dimensions:
3 5/16 x 3 1/4 in. (8.4 x 8.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Marjorie Schwarz, in memory of Herbert F. and Dorothy C. Schwarz, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.193.5
  • Description

    This tile belong to a series found in Ghazni, the capital of the Ghaznavid dynasty (977–1186), in a house destroyed during the Mongol invasion of 1221. Most of the tiles in the series are square, some are polygonal, and are molded in relief with animals, plants, or occasionally inscriptions. Even though these tiles are unique in style, their decoration shows affinities with classical pre-Islamic motifs from Iran, such as the "pearl" borders and the animals in profile within a frame.

  • Provenance

    Marjorie Schwarz, New York (by 1960–75)

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