About this artwork
This tile is one of the few instances where all four major types of Islamic ornamentation are used in a single object. Vegetal scrolls are depicted in various shapes and sizes in the background of the piece; calligraphy runs across the central arch; geometric patterning is present on the garment worn by the central figure; and figural imagery related to humans and animals is found both in the person seated beneath the arch and band of running animals at the base of the tile. Also notable are the features of the central figure: a round face with slanted eyes, meant to represent a Turco-Mongol, or Central Asian, face.
- Tile Fragment with Figure in a Niche
- Made 1265–1275
- Fritware, luster-painted overglaze decoration
- 28.9 x 41.5 x 4.2 cm (11 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. )
- Gift of Mrs. Joseph L. Valentine