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Star- and Hexagonal-Tile Panel

Object Name:
Tile panel
late 13th–14th century
Probably from Iran, Nishapur
Stonepaste; polychrome tiles glazed in turquoise and blue and molded under transparent glaze
H. 41 3/4 in. (106 cm)
W. 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm)
D. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Wt. 105 lbs. (47.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Cobalt- and turquoise-glazed tiles of different shapes covered the walls of Ilkhanid palaces, mosques, and mausoleums. The turquoise hexagonal tiles of this arrangement bear conventional circular floral designs molded in relief, while the star tiles are glazed in cobalt and decorated with Chinese lotuses, a motif that entered Iranian art during this period. The deep contours of these forms, together with the iridescence of their glazes, makes the patterns visible even under a monochrome glazing.
1936, purchased in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1937, accessioned by the Museum

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 84-85, ill. pl. 14 (color).

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