- Museum number
Two eight-pointed star tiles. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in blue, turquoise and lustre over an opaque white glaze. The central field of tile A is decorated in reserve with a central foliate medallion enclosing a pair of speckled hares and a fishpond. The lustre decoration on tile B includes a symmentrical composition of a tree of life and a pair of speckled dog-like animals with a fishpond. The borders of both tiles are decorated with inscriptions from the Shahnama (Shahnameh) framed with blue lines reflecting the tile shape.
- Production date
Height: 20.10 centimetres (G.232a)
Height: 20.70 centimetres (G.232b)
Thickness: 1.10 centimetres (G.232a)
Thickness: 1.20 centimetres (G.232b)
Width: 20.20 centimetres (G.232a)
Width: 20.70 centimetres (G.232b)
- Curator's comments
These tiles (along with G.230 and G.231) are thought to belong to a group, a number of which are dated AH 664-5 / 1266-67 AD, once forming part of the interior decoration of the Imamzada Ja`far in Damghan.
The poetic inscriptions from the Shahnahma suggest that the tiles were perhaps originally intended for the decoration of a palace, not a religious building.
- On display (G42/dc6)
- Exhibition history
2003 13 Apr-27 Jul, Los Angeles, Los Angelese County Museum of Art (LACMA), 'The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353'
2002-2003 5 Nov-16 Feb, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 'The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353'
- Associated titles
Inscription from: Shahnama (Shahnameh)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Valuation in 2002 refers collectively to G.232.1 & G.232.2
- Middle East
- Registration number