Tile with Niche Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

The original use of this panel is unknown, although the Qur'anic content of its inscription suggests a devotional meaning. The arches and columns reflect regional architectural forms. Similar panels had different functions—depending on their context and inscriptional content—as mihrabs (prayer niches), sometimes recording an event, pious gifts, or funerary elements, or commemorating the construction of all or part of a building.

Tile with Niche Design, Stonepaste; molded, glazed in transparent turquoise

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