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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, potter, Central Asia, Iran

Category:

fritware (stonepaste)

Name(s):

tiles; category
Islamic pottery; category
monochrome glazed ware; category

Other Name:

four tiles forming a star

Date:

circa 1260 circa 1335

School/Style:

Il-Khanid

Period:

late 13th - 14th century

Description(s):

panel of four fritware tiles covered in a blue or turquoise glaze
Panel of four fritware tiles with moulded decoration covered in a blue or turquoise glaze.
Shape: four polygonal tiles (in bow-shape) and with bevelled edges are arranged around a trefoil shaped central tile.
Upper surface: on each tile vegetal or floral decoration radiates from a central point, in all but one example defined by a central rosette. The external polygonal tiles are covered with a turquoise glaze, which drips over the edges. The central tile is covered with a blue glaze
Underside: Undecorated except for rare drips of glaze. A plaster mount, which holds the panel together, occupies most of the surface.

Technique(s):

moulding; whole; relief
glazing (coating); upper surface; central tile glazed in blue, three surrounding tiles glazed in turquoise, one a slightly darker shade

Material(s):

fritware; whole
glaze; upper surface; turquoise
glaze; upper surface; blue
glaze; edges; turquoise, running over the edges in drips
glaze; underside; turquoise, a few splashes

Technique
Description:

Panel of four fritware tiles with moulded decoration covered in a blue or turquoise glaze.

Dimension(s):

width, whole, 25, cm
depth, whole, 1.6, cm
weight, whole, 1130, g

Acquisition:

given; 1931-11-05; Beddington, N. A. C.

Acquisition Credit:

Given by N.A.C. Beddington, Trinity College

Inscription(s):

inscription; underside; handwritten; 'C'; written in black ink directly onto object's surface; Possibly related to the assemblage of the tiles into a panel.
inscription; underside; 'D'; written in black ink directly onto object's surface; Possibly related to the assemblage of the tiles into a panel.
inscription; underside; fleur de lys motif; written in black ink directly onto object's surface; Possibly related to the assemblage of the tiles into a panel.

Documentation:

Komaroff, Linda. Carboni, Stefano. 2002. The legacy of Genghis Khan : courtly art and culture in western Asia, 1256-1353.London / New York: Yale University Pressp. p. 92
Cf. similar tiles but in a different shape see fig. 93 and their presence in situ at Takht-i Sulaiman. Ref on Il-Khanid tiles see Masuya, T. “IlKhanid Courtly Life.”

Porter, Venetia. 1995. Islamic Tiles.London: British Museum Pressp. pp. 32-61
Cf. similar moulded tiles but with lajvardina designs see figures 25-29 (p. 40-1). Ref. on Il-Khanid tiles

Pickett, D.. 1997. Early Persian Tilework: The Medieval Flowering of Kāshī.Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Pressp. pp. 91-2, 145
Cf. identical shape tiles see fig. 31 and 32 with similar decoration see plate 100 at the Madrasa of Shihāb al-Dīn Qāsim in Yazd. Author indicates that the tiles in this location are the only glazed versions known to him in Iran, although unglazed versions exist elsewhere

Accession:

Object Number: C.1-1931
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 71504; input: 2004-03-11; modified: 2015-08-10)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/71504





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