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Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
14th century
Made in Iran
Stonepaste: inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on an opaque white glaze
8 x 8 in. (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Rafael Guastavino, 1928
Accession Number:
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.
Rafael Guastavino, New York (until 1928; gifted to MMA)
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