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This Il-Khanid period molded 8-pointed star tile contains a central spotted feline together with Arabic inscriptions on the outer rim. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Star-shaped Tile with cheetah among foliage
1233 – 1366
Museum Purchase
1957/1.73
The interior of this bown has two zones of decoration: one just below the rim and the other occupying the remainder of the vessel's surface. The rim area has a series of six solid lustre circles, each surrounded by a white zone and separated from the others by a band composed of dots connected by curving lines which suggest a loose scroll decoration. The remainder of the bowl is filled with the stylized figure of a bird shown in profile and executed in reserve against a solid lustre background. The curve of the bird's body echoes the shape of the bowl creating a visual rhythm which moves clockwise from its head through its breast and upturned wing. The tip of the wing touches the end of the bird's long beak and the circular movement is continued by a leaf which hangs from the beak. Originally, the bird's feathers were indicated by a series of fine lines and embellished with dots but now only vestiges of this decoration remain. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Bowl with bird holding leaf and inscription
1100 – 1299
Museum Purchase
1957/1.63
This dish features a three part structural division; the boss is almost flat. Around the depressed area is a band of degenerate Gothic [or pseudo-Arabic] script. On the brim are solid lustre painted zig-zags, possibly a late version of gadroons. The empty areas of this pattern are filled with dots and floral motifs. The reverse has repeated circles only.
Moorish (Moorish)
Shallow Dish
16th century
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.119
This <em>Kashan</em> style bowl has flaring walls and is made with opaque turquoise glaze, yellow-brown lustre painting and blue overglaze painting. The bowl contains Kufic inscription in cobalt which encircle the interior, with white inscriptions around the rim and center. A bird motif decorates the interior base.  On the outside, we find white Kufic inscriptions under a blue cobalt line encircling the upper part of the bowl.<br />
 
Iranian (Iranian)
Bowl with inscriptions in Kufic and another script
1200 – 1232
Museum purchase
1957/1.60
A blue and white platter. White porcellanous body with painting in blue under a clear glaze slightly tinged with blue-green.
Ali ibn al-Hajj Muhammad
Platter with an inscription from a Hadith [a saying of the Prophet Muhammad], signed by Ali ibn al-Hajj Muhammad
1600 – 1799
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.158
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The unglazed jug has a bulbous body with a narrow neck which is half the height of the body. A slight bulging occurs midway up the neck. A handle is joined to the neck below the lip and extends to the shoulder of the body. <br /><br />
A <em>Naskhi</em> Arabic inscription, worked in barbotine technique against a background of unordered small bosses and open circles, runs around the upper part of the body. <br />
 
Iranian (Iranian)
Jug, narrow neck, single handle, band of decorative inscriptions at shoulder
900 – 1199
Museum Purchase
1959/1.91
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This Ilkhanid eight-pointed star tile employs the Kashan style that originates in Iran. A crane/phoenix-type bird flies amongst floral decorations. The outer perimeter is decorated with a cursive script. The script may either be Qur'anic verse (Arabic) or a Shahnama verse (Persian book of Kings). (updated)
Iranian (Iranian)
Star-shaped Tile with flying crane among flowers
1300 – 1332
Museum Purchase
1957/1.102
This Mina'i ware bowl profile fragment features painting in blue, black, white, green, and red over turquoise glaze. Two confronted horesman and conventionalized inscriptions near the rim are the main decorative features.<br /><br />
 
Iranian (Iranian)
Mina'i ware bowl fragment with confronting equestrian figures
1167 – 1232
Museum Purchase
1957/1.66
This painted miniature Shahnama page was made by the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460 in Baghdad, Iraq. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene depicts <em>Rustam Slays the White Div </em>from the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Rustam Slays the White Div, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
1455 – 1465
Museum Purchase
1963/1.45
This painted miniature Shahnama page was made by the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460 in Baghdad, Iraq. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene depicts <em>Rustam Slays the White Elephant </em>from the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Rustam Slays the White Elephant, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
1455 – 1465
Museum Purchase
1963/1.44
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