Star-Shaped Tile

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

This eight-pointed star tile was once part of a panel of star- and cross-shaped tiles adorning the walls of an Ilkhanid building. Likely produced in the ceramic center of Kashan, it depicts the waq-waq design of a plant whose tendrils develop into the heads of animals, a feature which came into Iran during the Seljuq period. The Persian text running along the border of the tile is an excerpt from the Shahnama in which Rustam, one of the tale’s great heroes, is engaged in battle.

Star-Shaped Tile, Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue and turquoise and luster-painted on opaque white glaze

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