Square tile

early 13th century
Attributed to Afghanistan, Ghazni
Stonepaste; molded and monochrome glazed
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
W. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
D. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marjorie Schwarz, in memory of Herbert F. and Dorothy C. Schwarz, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This tile belongs to a unique group of monochrome glazed, molded relief tiles excavated from a palace at Ghazni, in modern Afghanistan. The decoration on this group consists of animals in heraldic poses (as seen here), as well as vegetal scrolls and calligraphy, often surrounded by beaded borders. The excavation stratigraphy dates them to the early thirteenth century, the period of the city’s Ghurid rule. They were probably manufactured in Ghazni especially for the palace.
Marjorie Schwarz, San Francisco (by 1960–75; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Pottery: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, New Series, vol. 40, no. 4 (Spring 1983). no. 15, pp. 14-15, ill. pl. 15 (color).