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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, pottery, probably, Kashan, probably Kashan

Category:

fritware (stonepaste)

Name(s):

tile
Islamic pottery; category
lustre ware; category

Other Name:

eight-pointed star tile

Date:

circa 1260 circa 1299

School/Style:

Il-Khanid

Period:

later 13th century

Description(s):

fritware coated in a white glaze painted in blue, turquoise and lustre
fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted under and on the glaze in blue, turquoise and lustre
Shape: star shaped tile with slightly bevelled edges
Upper surface: around the edge, reflecting the tile shape, an inscription is painted in lustre and framed with blue lines. In the centre of the tile a central hare with a dotted coat is surrounded by plump birds with outstretched wings and scrolling half palmettes, all reserved on a lustred ground incised with scrolls. Spots of turquoise pigment are present on each of the birds and the hare. Four large half palmettes, arranged symmetrically above and below the hare are outlined in blue and contain lustre scrolls and dashes.
Lower surface: undecorated

Technique(s):

moulding; whole
painting underglaze; upper surface; blue, turquoise
glazing (coating); upper surface; white
painting overglaze; upper surface; lustre

Material(s):

fritware; whole
pigment; upper surface; blue, turquoise
glaze; upper surface; white
oxide colours; upper surface; lustre
lustre; decoration

Technique
Description:

fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted under and on the glaze in blue, turquoise and lustre

Dimension(s):

length, whole, 20.5, cm
width, whole, 20.7, cm
depth, whole, 1.3, cm
weight, whole, 480, g

Acquisition:

given; 1934-02-27; The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Provenance:

From the collection of the late Henry Wallis. On the back there is a rectangular label printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple 'H WALLIS ESQ'/, printed in black 'No.' written in black ink 95'.

Associated
Person:

Wallis, Henry; former owner

Acquisition Credit:

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Inscription(s):

inscription; round the edge; in lustre; a nashki inscription between two blue lines; potter's inscription
label; on the back; printed, stamped and written; printed in black 'LENT BY/' stamped in purple 'H WALLIS ESQ'/, printed in black 'No.' written in black ink 95'.; rectangular paper label with serrated edges; exhibition or loan label indicating lent by Henry Wallis

Documentation:

Watson, Oliver. 1985. Persian Lustre Ware.London: Faber and Faber Limited
Cf. similar Il-Khanid tiles from Lourvre collection see figure 110 (p. 133). Ref. on Islamic tiles

Porter, Venetia. 1995. Islamic Tiles.London: British Museum Press
Cf. similar Il-Khanid tiles see figure 21 (p. 36). Ref. on 12th-14th century tiles in Iran, Anatolia and Syria

Accession:

Object Number: C.24-1934
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 17491; input: 2000-12-14; modified: 2012-07-19)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/17491





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