Star-Shaped Plaque

Muhammad Talib Gilani Iranian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This carved ivory plaque bears the signature of an otherwise unknown craftsman, Muhammad Talib Gilani. The plaque most likely comes from the cenotaph of Shah Isma'il I, which is believed to have been commissioned for his tomb in the Ardabil Shrine by his widow, Tajlu Khanum, or by his son, Shah Tahmasp. The opulent inlaid wood decoration of the cenotaph includes ivory, ebony, and strips of bone or ivory tinted in a variety of colors.

Star-Shaped Plaque, Muhammad Talib Gilani (Iranian), Ivory; carved with traces of pigment

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