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Star-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Star-shaped tile
Date:
late 12th–early 13th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Kashan
Medium:
Stonepaste; luster-painted over transparent colorless glaze
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
W. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Wt.
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
66.95.6
Not on view
Whether loose or on a building, Iranian glazed tiles fascinated scholars and collectors for aesthetic reasons. The tiles’ role in the decoration of facades and minarets in the second half of the eleventh century became an early subject of academic investigation.
Arthur Upham Pope, Warren, CT (by 1940–66; sold to MMA)
The Iranian Institute. "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940, Gal. IV, no. 27G.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th cent.," February 10, 2016–July 17, 2016, no catalogue.

Ackerman, Phyllis. "The Iranian Institute, New York." In Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. 2nd. ed. New York: The Iranian Institute, 1940. no. Gallery IV, case 27G, p. 71.

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