Panel of Four Calligraphic Tiles

Object Name: Tile panel

Date: 14th–early 15th century

Geography: (none assigned) Morocco

Medium: Stonepaste; glazed and carved

Dimensions: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
W. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Leon B. Polsky and Cynthia Hazen Polsky Gift, in honor of Patti Cadby Birch, 1999

Accession Number: 1999.146


Epigraphic friezes executed in ceramic tile were integral to the decorative program of interiors in both Morocco and Spain. They were situated near eye-level, between a dado of tile mosaic and upper-wall decoration of carved stucco. These tiles were first entirely coated in purplish-black glaze, which was carved away leaving behind the calligraphy on a background of foliate scrolls.