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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1878,1230.561

  • Description

    Eight-pointed star tile. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in blue, turquoise and lustre over an opaque white glaze. The central field is decorated in reserve against a lustred background with a pair of seated figures, flying birds and a fishpond. The figural features and tresses of hair are typical for the Turkic-Mongol world. The face of one of the figures is damaged. An inscription of Persian love poetry decorates the border of the tile. Reverse undecorated.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 13thC(late)-14thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20.2 centimetres
    • Width: 20.4 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Naskh
      • Inscription Position

        around border
      • Inscription Language

        Persian
      • Inscription Translation

        Last night the moon came to your house. Filled with envy, I thought of chasing him away. Who is the moon to sit in the same place as you?
  • Curator's comments

    Blurton, 1997:
    By the thirteenth century glazed tiles were widely used in Iran to decorate the facades and interiors of both religious and secular buildings. In addition to monochrome glazed tiles, lustre star and cross tiles enjoyed increasing favour from the beginning of the thirteenth century well into the next century. In mosques, mausolea and religious schools ('madrasas') the Muslim injunction against the use of human imagery resulted in star tiles with non-figurative decoration and borders of Qur'anic inscriptions. By contrast, tiles with human and animal figures and well-known verses from Persian literature adorned the interiors of secular buildings.

    The general theme of a number of tiles from the British Museum collections produced in Kashan at the end of the 13th century is epicurean pleasure, such as romance (1878.1230.561), eating (OA+. 1123) and drinking (G.229).

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  • Bibliography

    • Porter 2003 10 bibliographic details
    • Blurton 1997 249 bibliographic details
    • Porter & Barakat 2004 26 bibliographic details
    • Hayward 1976 385 bibliographic details
    • Porter 1995 fig.34 bibliographic details
    • Wallis 1885 fig.7 bibliographic details
    • Wallis 1894 pl.xxii bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2003 22 Mar-25 May, University of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 'Mightier than the Sword'

    2000 1 Nov, Durham, Writing Arabic

  • Condition

    Tile broken into three parts and repaired.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1878

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    1878,1230.561

Eight-pointed star tile, made of stonepaste.  Opaque white glaze with overglaze lustre design and underglaze turquoise and cobalt blue.  Decorated with figures.  Inscription of Persian love poetry in naskhi script around the border.  The general theme of the tile is romance.

Eight-pointed star tile, made of stonepaste. Opaque white glaze with overglaze lustre design and underglaze turquoise and cobalt blue. Decorated with figures. Inscription of Persian love poetry in naskhi script around the border. The general theme of the tile is romance.

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