Fragment of a Glazed Tile Inscription

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This fragment, which includes three letters of the word "Allah," would have been part of a long horizontal band forming part of the decoration on the facade of a presumably religious building. Glazed tiles, especially in light or turquoise blue, were readily available from cobalt deposits in Iran and became popular in this region as early as the twelfth century, gradually replacing carved stucco as the favored medium for architectural decoration.

Fragment of a Glazed Tile Inscription, Stonepaste; carved decoration under opaque monochrome glaze

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