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Tile (Iran), 13th century

This is a Tile. It is dated 13th century and we acquired it in 1966. Its medium is luster-glazed and painted earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Lusterware was a dominant type of ceramic production in medieval Iran, possibly having spread from Egypt in the early 12th century. Within Iran, the town of Kashan was the finest producer of lusterware and manufacture was at its peak during the 12th and 13th centuries.Human interaction with lusterware vessels and tiles over time has enhanced variations in color and luminescence. The brassy color of the decoration on this tile indicates that silver rather than copper oxide was used in the making of its luster glaze.

This object was donated by Miss Ruth Friedman. It is credited Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.

  • Tile, 1301–50
  • luster-glazed and painted earthenware, rolled and pierced silver (later mount).
  • Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman.
  • 1966-3-5-a/c

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 1.5 × 14.3 cm (9/16 × 5 5/8 in.)

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Tile (Iran), 13th century; luster-glazed and painted earthenware; H x diam.: 1.5 × 14.3 cm (9/16 × 5 5/8 in.); Gift of Ruth Friedman in memory of Harry G. Friedman; 1966-3-4

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