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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Eight-pointed star tile. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in lustre over an opaque white glaze. The central field is divided into further star-shaped panels and overall decorated in reverse against a lustre background. The main motif consists of an eight-petalled rosette. An inscription in stylised Arabic script appears along the border.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.7 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        around border
  • Curator's comments

    Tiles similar in size and design exist in different collections (e.g., Ashmolean Museum, Oxford EAX.3171-3188; Keir Collection [see Grube 1976, p.253, fig.194,195]). Oliver Watson dated such tiles to the 14th century, post-Mongol period (1977:88ff.). The tiles share various geometrical and figural designs with the larger format tiles, but are not as refined in execution as tiles made in the earlier part of the Ilkhanid period. Cf. ME 1888,0109.2 & ME 1888,0109.7.

    Watson, Oliver. "Persian Lustre Tiles of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries." Ph.D. diss., SOAS, 1977.


  • Location

    On display: G34/dc25

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Collection said to be "from near Teheran" when initially acquired.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


8 pointed star tiles. From top to bottom: 1888,0109.2 & .4 & .7

Group of Objects

8 pointed star tiles. From top to bottom: 1888,0109.2 & .4 & .7

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