Tile from a Frieze, Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted, molded

Tile from a Frieze

Object Name:
Tile from a frieze
Date:
second half 13th century
Geography:
Made in Iran, Kashan
Medium:
Stonepaste; overglaze luster-painted, molded
Dimensions:
10 7/8 x 11 1/4 in. (27.6 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
x.107
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
This stonepaste tile likely from the Ilkhanid summer palace of Takht-i Sulaiman contains a scene from the Shahnama. Possibly depicting the story of Bahram Gur returning to India with his bride, its main field bears a rider seated in a howda (carriage) on an elephant’s back, escorted by two haloed figures. The inscription along the bottom is illegible.
Unknownprovenance; acquired by the Metropolitan Museum by 1922