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Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)
    Takht-i Sulayman (possibly, made)
    Kashan (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1270s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded fritware with colour in and lustre over the glaze

  • Museum number:

    1841-1876

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WE7

The deeds of Bahram Gur, who ruled Iran in the 5th century, were recorded in the Persian epic, The Book of Kings. Here Bahram is shown out hunting on a camel with the harpist Azadah. To show his prowess, he shoots an arrow to pin the hind leg of a deer to its head.

Physical description

Tile from a frieze at the palace of Takht-i Sulayman with a moulded design, copper-green and cobalt-blue painted into the glaze, and lustre decoration painted over the glaze. The main scene depicts Bahram Gur, future king of Iran, out hunting with his favourite slave girl, the harpist Azadah. Bahram Gur fires a shot at a gazelle that scratches its ear with its foot. The arrow will pin the foot and the ear to the animal's shoulder.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)
Takht-i Sulayman (possibly, made)
Kashan (possibly, made)

Date

1270s (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Moulded fritware with colour in and lustre over the glaze

Dimensions

Height: 31.4 cm, Width: 32.3 cm, Depth: 5.3 cm

Descriptive line

Tile from the Ilkhanid palace at Takht-i Sulayman with moulded decoration showing Bahram Gur hunting on a camel in the company of Azadah, fritware under a tin glaze, with blue and turquoise painted into the glaze and lustre painted over the glaze, Iran, Kashan or Takht-i Sulayman, about 1275.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Komaroff, Linda, and Carboni, Stefano, (eds), The legacy of Genghis Khan, Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. Catalogue of the Exhibition from Nov.5, 2002 to Feb. 16, 2003. ISBN1-58839-071-3 (1-58839-071-3 pbk; 0-300-09691-7 Yale U. P.)
Cat. Entry 97, p265, Fig. 108
Watson, Oliver. Persian Lustre Ware. London: Faber and Faber, 1985. ISBN 0-571-13235-9
Colour Plate L/a, pp. 122, 136, 188, 192
Tim Stanley, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East, London, V&A Publications, 2004; pp. 50, 77, 85, 91, 122, plate 100

Labels and date

Tile with Bahram Gur Hunting
Iran, Takht-i Sulayman
About 1275

The deeds of Bahram Gur, who ruled Iran in the 5th century, were recorded in the Persian epic, The Book of Kings. Here Bahram is shown out hunting on a camel with the harpist Azadah. To show his prowess, he shoots an arrow to pin the hind leg of a deer to its head.

Moulded fritware, with colour in the glaze and lustre over the glaze

Museum no. 1841-1876 [2006]

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Lustre painted

Categories

Tiles; Lustre ware; Islam

Collection

Middle East Section

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