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Star-shaped tile with vegetal arabesque pattern

Accession Number
1972/2.147

Title
Star-shaped tile with vegetal arabesque pattern

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
early 14th century

Medium & Support
fritware with deep blue glaze, fold leaf, and overglaze painting

Dimensions
7 7/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. x 13/16 in. ( 20 cm x 20 cm x 2 cm )

Credit Line
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

Label copy
Lâjvardîna, from the Persian word lâjvard (lapis lazuli), is the name given to a luxury ware produced in Iran under Mongol rule (the Ilkhanid period). The clay body is a coarse gray fritware, fired first with a deep blue glaze, then decorated with gold leaf and overglaze painting in lighter blue and white slip and fired a second time in a special, low-temperature kiln. The effect of the second firing is to fuse the overglaze paint and gold with the glaze, creating a luxurious if not durable. This tile is decorated with a stylized plant clump that grows from one tip of the star to fill its entire surface.

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Primary Object Type
tile

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Islamic (culture or style)
tile (materials)

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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