Star-Shaped Tile

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This eight-pointed star tile was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles adorning the wall of an Ilkhanid building. Likely produced in the ceramic center of Kashan, it is one of many tiles depicting an animal – in this case, a spotted mule – surrounded by a border of text. Unlike most similar Kashani examples however, the naskh inscription around the border is Qur’anic (Suras 112 and 114).

Star-Shaped Tile, Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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