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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.
- Production date
Height: 20.20 centimetres
Thickness: 1 centimetres
Width: 20.40 centimetres
- 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).
- On display (G42/dc23)
- Exhibition history
2003 22 Mar-25 May, University of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 'Mightier than the Sword'
2000 1 Nov, Durham, Writing Arabic
- Tile broken into three parts and repaired.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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