Tile with Double-Arched Prayer Niche (Mihrab)

A work made of fritware with molded decoration, in-glaze painting in cobalt-blue and turquoise, and overglaze painting in luster.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of fritware with molded decoration, in-glaze painting in cobalt-blue and turquoise, and overglaze painting in luster.

Date:

Ilkhanid dynasty (1256–1353), 13th century

Artist:

Iran
probably Kashan

About this artwork

This luster tile is carefully decorated with dark blue calligraphy above and below the arches, as well as a cruder, luster-painted passage following the line of the arches. The inscriptions, all taken from different chapters in the Qur’an, discuss the transience of life on earth in contrast to the eternal existence of God. The religious nature of these inscriptions is appropriate for the tile’s placement in a mosque, where it would have been used as a mihrab, or prayer niche, indicating the direction of Mecca for prayer.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Culture

Islamic

Title

Tile with Double-Arched Prayer Niche (Mihrab)

Origin

Iran

Date

1201–1300

Medium

Fritware with molded decoration, in-glaze painting in cobalt-blue and turquoise, and overglaze painting in luster

Dimensions

50.8 × 31.9 cm (20 × 12 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Mary Jane Gunsaulus Collection

Reference Number

1917.221

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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