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  • Place of origin:

    Kashan (made)

  • Date:

    early 14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, glazed and painted in cobalt blue and lustre

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 26, shelf 8, box 3

Physical description

Tile in the shape of an eight-pointed star, with one corner damaged, fritware. The central field is divided into further star-shaped panels, which are filled in with cobalt blue, overall decorated in reserve against a ground of golden-brown lustre. The main motif are four palmette trees within a four-pointed frame. Surrounding this is a ground of scrollwork, and simple palmettes in each corners. Around the edge is a border inscription in cursive script, in lustre on a white ground, and outlined at top and bottom with cobalt blue.

Place of Origin

Kashan (made)


early 14th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, glazed and painted in cobalt blue and lustre

Marks and inscriptions

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين
الرحمن الرحيم
مالك يوم الدين
اياك نعبد واياك نستعين
اهدنا الصراط المستقيم
صراط الذين انعمت عليهم غير المغضوب عليهم ولا الضالين

Qur’anic inscription, surah 1


Width: 20.3 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Object history note

Bought, 2l. 5s. the four [734 to C-1888]

Descriptive line

Tile, fritware, glazed and painted in cobalt blue and lustre, Iran (Kashan), early 14th century

Production Note





Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Palmettes; Stars; Scrollwork


Ceramics; Tiles


Middle East Section

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