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  • Place of origin:

    Tabriz (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1627 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware with underglaze decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 29, shelf 8

Physical description

Tile or memorial tablet, fritware, with a bold black inscription commemorating Mahdi Kuli ibn Ghulam Baftabadi. It has a blue border of cell diapers, and a mask and floral motifs in polychrome in the semicircular top. Dated 1037 A.H. (A.D. 1627).

Place of Origin

Tabriz (probably, made)


1627 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware with underglaze decoration


Height: 29.2 cm, Width: 23.5 cm

Object history note

Note by Lt. Col. R.H.R. Brockleband:
I am sure from the polychrome colours that this is an example of Kubatcha faience and gives a date to the whole group 1003 A.H.= A.D. 1593. The Persian inscription has been translated by Mr. P. Ziegler (Lilly Villa, Victoria Park, Manchester, Sept, 1932) to read as follows: "At the throne of thy mightiness oh pardon granter into the corner of the grave I have fallen lamenting and miserable; from thee (comes) all mercy and from me fault. I am nothing thou art all, grasp my hand. Date of the death of the deceased pilgrim to both shrines Hadji Mohamed Jaher, Cesass of Veramin on the Twelfth day of Jemadinlewal year 1018." (Mr. Zeigler makes it 1018 which -3% + 622 would be A.D. 1610).

Descriptive line

Tile, or memorial tablet commemorating Mahdi Kuli ibn Ghulam Baftabadi, fritware with polychrome underglaze painting, Iran (probably Tabriz), dated 1037 A.H./ A.D. 1627

Production Note





Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Diaper-work; Flowers; Busts




Middle East Section

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