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. Probably produced in the ceramic center of Kashan in Central Iran, the tile displays many characteristics typical of this site. A donkey painted in cobalt stands amid plants, with mostly illegible Persian poetry framing the scene. The background decoration and poetic verses that run along the border are rendered in luster.

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

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