Three Corner Tiles

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

With its exquisite palette and elegant scrolling vine design, this tile, one of three corner tiles, once formed part of a sumptuous architectural installation. Inscribed with verses of the Qur'an, the tiles presumably decorated a religious structure, such as a mosque or tomb complex. The inscription that runs along the top of one of these tiles would have continued in the form of a frieze—as can be seen in the series of related tiles on display in the nearby wall case.

Three Corner Tiles, Stonepaste; modeled, inglaze painted in blue and luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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