Square Tile, Earthenware; molded and monochrome glazed

Square Tile

Object Name:
Square tile
late 12th–early 13th century
Made in Afghanistan, Ghazni
Earthenware; molded and monochrome glazed
3 5/16 x 3 1/4 in. (8.4 x 8.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marjorie Schwarz, in memory of Herbert F. and Dorothy C. Schwarz, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This tile belong to a series found in Ghazni, the capital of the Ghaznavid dynasty (977–1186), in a house destroyed during the Mongol invasion of 1221. Most of the tiles in the series are square, some are polygonal, and are molded in relief with animals, plants, or occasionally inscriptions. Although these tiles are unique in style, their decoration shows affinities with classical pre-Islamic motifs from Iran, such as the "pearl" borders and the animals in profile within a frame.
Marjorie Schwarz, San Francisco (by 1960–75; gifted to MMA)