Ceramic Architectural Decoration

A work made of fritware, with carved and molded decoration under a turquoise glaze.
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  • A work made of fritware, with carved and molded decoration under a turquoise glaze.

Date:

13th century

Artist:

Iran

About this artwork

Tiles like this would probably have embellished the tops of fortress walls as decorative projections. The molding process used to make this tile would have allowed for the easy production of identical pieces, an important consideration in a region in which symmetry and repetition were highly valued. The arabesque design, molded in three dimensions, emphasizes the interlacing pattern of elements weaving over and under one another. This decorative feature can also be found in other objects from the era, such as metalwork.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Ceramic Architectural Decoration

Origin

Rayy

Date

1199–1299

Medium

Fritware, with carved and molded decoration under a turquoise glaze

Dimensions

52.1 × 40.5 × 5.6 cm (20 1/2 × 16 × 2 3/16)

Credit Line

Gift of Frank G. Logan, Henry J. Patten, and Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1933.819

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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