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 walls of an Ilkhanid building. In its center, a spotted gazelle stands in a field of vegetation, possibly in reference to the motif of the jairan (deer gazing at the moon) that originated in Chinese Buddhist art. Two verses of Persian poetry painted in luster run along the border.

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

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