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Hexagonal Tile

Object Name:
Hexagonal tile
second half 15th century
Attributed to Iran
Earthenware; painted in black on a white ground under a green glaze, with traces of overglaze gold.
Max. W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) DeptH. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund; Thomas A. D. Ettinghausen and Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen Gifts, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen; and Steven Kossak, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, and Richard S. Perkins Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
Not on view
Hexagonal tiles such as this one- decorated in a black scrolling arabesque underneath a green glaze- belong to a number of international museum collections. Such pieces were produced in Iran, and a group of very similar tiles remain in situ, in the tomb chamber of the Masjid-i Shah at Mashhad, Iran.
[ Hadji Baba Ancient Art, London, until 1995; sold to MMA]
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