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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    G.452

  • Description

    Eight-pointed star tile. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in lustre over an opaque white glaze. The central field is decorated in reserve against a lustred background with palmettes and split palmettes radiating from a quincunx motif in the centre. The border is decorated with an inscription painted in lustre on a white ground. The reverse shows a shadow transferred from the lustre glaze on an adjacent tile during firing.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1262
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31.2 centimetres
    • Width: 31 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Naskh
      • Inscription Position

        around border
      • Inscription Language

        Arabic
      • Inscription Content

        Qur'an 1 (Surat Al-Fātihah, 'The Opening') and 112 (Surat Al-'Ikhlāsh, 'The Purity [of Faith]')
      • Inscription Translation

        Qur'an 1
        In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy! Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, Master of the Day of Judgement. It is You we worship; it is You we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path: the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and who have not gone astray.

        Qur'an 112
        In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
        Say, ‘He is God the One, God the eternal. He begot no one nor was He begotten. No one is comparable to Him.’
      • Inscription Comment

        Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
  • Curator's comments

    From a group of about 160 tiles originally in the Imamzadeh Yahya at Veramin, made between Octoberand December AD1262.

  • Bibliography

    • Porter & Barakat 2004 25 bibliographic details
    • Hayward 1976 379 bibliographic details
    • Porter 2003 9 (image on back cover) bibliographic details
    • Porter 1995 fig.19 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2004 7 Jan-7 Apr, Kuala Lumpur, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, 'Mightier than the Sword'
    2003 22 Mar-25 May, University of Melbourne, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 'Mightier than the Sword'

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Qur'an
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1983

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    G.452

Tile (star). Quránic inscription around edge,part of the Imam Zade Yahya,Veramin group. Made of lustre glazed ceramic, pottery (white).

Tile (star). Quránic inscription around edge,part of the Imam Zade Yahya,Veramin group. Made of lustre glazed ceramic, pottery (white).

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