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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)
    Amol (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1496-7 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, glazed, painted in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:

    514:1 to 40-1888

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel, fritware, with fifteen star-shaped tiles painted with inscriptions or leaf sprays in blue under a clear glaze, and twenty-five green-glazed lozenges for filling the interspaces.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)
Amol (probably, made)


1496-7 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, glazed, painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

Each star tile bears a separate text that was written in cobalt pigment on the unglazed bodies of the tiles before they were fired. The third from the right in the top row reads, "O God! O God! O God!", for example, while the fifth tile from the right in the middle row reads, "Praise be to God who has removed from us all sorrow", which is a Koranic quotation (the surah Fatir, verse 34). Other texts so far identified are the phrase, "By might and glory", on the third tile from the right in the second row, and "Prayer is the pillar of faith", a Hadith transmitted by 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, on the fifth tile from the right in the bottom row.

Object history note

A group of tiles that must come from the same revetment is on display in a museum in Amol in the Mazandaran province of Iran. It is known to have come from the mausoleum of Sultan Shihab al-Din in the village of Haji Dela near Amol and is dated AH 902, equivalent to AD 1496-7.(Information received on 1 December 2015 from Kianoosh Motaghedi via Maryam Kolbadinejad, to whom we are very grateful.)

Descriptive line

Panel of 40 tiles, 15 with a star shape and decorated with inscriptions in blue on an off-white ground, and 25 green-glazed lozenges; Iran, probably Amol, dated 1496-7




Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Foliation (pattern)


Ceramics; Tiles


Middle East Section

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