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Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Kashan (made)

  • Date:

    early 14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, painted with lustre over the glaze

  • Museum number:

    350-1896

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 8, box 1

Physical description

Tile of glazed grey fritware, star-shaped, and painted in the centre with metallic lustre on a white ground with a symmetrical scroll design. The border contains an inscription on a blue ground.

Place of Origin

Kashan (made)

Date

early 14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, painted with lustre over the glaze

Marks and inscriptions

ای گرسنه مهر تو سیران جهان / ترسان ز فاتو دلیران جهان/ با چشم تو آهوان چه دارندبه دشت/ ای زلف تو پایبند شیران جهان
The inscription is a quatrain from Jalal al-Din Rumi's Divan-e Shams. This version of the poem shows slight differences from the canonical reading, demonstrating how poems of this kind were flexible and often subject to small changes by those reciting, or inscribing, them.

Dimensions

Height: 20.3 cm, Width: 20.5 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Tile of glazed grey fritware, star-shaped, and painted in the centre with metallic lustre on a white slip, Kashan, early 14th century.

Production Note

register

Materials

Glaze; Fritware; Slip

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs)

Categories

Ceramics; Tiles; Earthenware

Collection

Middle East Section

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