Corner Tile

Object Name: Corner tile

Date: early 14th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, probably Kashan

Medium: Stonepaste; modeled, inglaze painted in blue and luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Dimensions: H. 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm)
W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
D: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Wt. 12 lbs. (5.4 kg)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1940

Accession Number: 40.181.8

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.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (by 1930–40; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ceramic Art of the Near East," 1931, no. 79 or 80.

New York. Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Persian Tiles," May 4, 1993–January 2, 1994, no. 21e.

Dimand, Maurice S. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 12 to June 28, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of Ceramic Art of the Near East. New York, 1931. no. 79 or 80, p. 19, no ill.

Dimand, Maurice S. "A Gift of Islamic Pottery." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36, no. 3 (1941). pp. 70-73.

Carboni, Stefano, and Tomoko Masuya. Persian Tiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 21e, p. 26, ill. (b/w).