Architectural Tile with Partial Inscription

Object Name: Tile

Date: second half 14th century

Geography: Attributed to present-day Uzbekistan

Medium: Stonepaste; carved and glazed

Dimensions: 14 3/16 x 11 x 2 15/16 in. (36 x 28 x 7.5 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts and Elaine Rosenberg Gift, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.274


This tile, created in a single piece, once formed part of a larger decorative scheme on the façade of a building. The fragmentary calligraphic inscription along the bottom half was hand-carved, and the tile created in a slightly irregular shape to fit - puzzlelike - with the other tiles that once surrounded it. The slightly curving top suggests that it may have formed part of an arch-shaped decoration over a window or iwan.