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Double-Pentagon-Shaped Tile

Object Name:
Double pentagon shaped tile
mid-13th–14th century
Attributed to Iran
Stonepaste; overglaze-painted and gilded, over turquoise glaze
W. 4 9/16 in. (11.6 cm)
D: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1966
Accession Number:
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 (until 1966; sold to MMA)
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.

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