Tile from an Inscriptional Frieze

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

Inscribed: '[Blessings] upon the Prophet' - possibly from Qur'an 33:56
This tile exhibits the use of a rare glaze technique referred to as 'lajvardina'. After a first firing to establish the dark blue or turquoise underglaze background, these tiles were subjected to a second firing to set the carefully cut and placed pieces of gold leaf, creating glittering floral and geometric patterns. In this example, the inscription once was covered entirely in gold.

Tile from an Inscriptional Frieze, Stonepaste; modeled, overglaze painted, and gilded (lajvardina)

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