Twelve-Pointed Star-Shaped Tile

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This star‑shaped tile with interlaced design once graced the walls of the west iwan (vault) of the Madrasa al-Ghiyäthiyya, a religious school completed in 846/1442–43 in the city of Khargird in northeastern Iran. This example was executed in the so‑called cuerda seca (dry cord) technique wherein a greasy material separates the various colored glazes. During the firing process, the greasy line melts, leaving behind an unglazed band between the glazed areas.

#6711. Star-shaped Tile

Twelve-Pointed Star-Shaped Tile, Stonepaste; polychrome glaze within black wax resist outlines (cuerda seca technique)

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