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Star-shaped Tile with flying crane among flowers

Accession Number
1957/1.102

Title
Star-shaped Tile with flying crane among flowers

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
early 14th century

Medium & Support
fritware with blue underglaze painting and brown luster overglaze painting

Dimensions
8 1/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. x 13/16 in. ( 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 2 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter

Kashan-style ceramic tile was commonly used to decorate Ilkhanid-period architecture. This tile resembles exterior palace tiles from the Ilkhanid period or may have decorated a mihrab. 

Physical Description

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)

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
tile

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ceramic

Collection Area
Western

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
Arabic scripts
Il-Khanid
Iranian Islamic styles after the Mongols
Islamic (culture or style)
Kashan
[] Persian-Farsi (language) [languages and writing systems by specific type, languages and writing systems]
birds (motifs)
ceramic tile
fritware

4 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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