Partial Niche-form Tile, Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled

Partial Niche-form Tile

Object Name:
second half 13th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled
H. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
W. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Grinnell Collection, Bequest of William Milne Grinnell, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Tiles with applied columnar decoration, such as this one, often formed the lower portion of elaborate composite mihrab tile panels installed in religious structures during the Ilkhanid period. The prominent lotus flower motifs decorating this tile were likely adapted from similar floral forms in Chinese iconography. This tile is attributed to the second half of the 13th century, after the establishment of Ilkhanid rule in the region and the opening of continuous trade networks between Iran and China.
William Milne Grinnell, New York (until d. 1920; bequeathed to MMA)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 220.

New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994, no. 15.

Joseph Breck. "The William Milne Grinell Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., vol. XV (1920). pp. 273-275.

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 220.

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 15, p. 20, ill. (b/w).