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Twelve-Point Star Tile

A work made of glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic.


Timurid dynasty (1370-1507), Late 15th century


Iran or Central Asia

About this artwork

This twelve-pointed star is composed of glazed cut tiles that were assembled as a mosaic. Although mosaics were not uncommon at this time, other extant star tiles of this period were typically fired in one piece. The vivid color scheme of turquoise and cobalt highlight the mosaic’s intricate pattern of flowers and scrolls. A mosaic like this one might have formed a central decorative element on the pulpit of a mosque or it may have adorned the walls of a grand hall or madrasa, a religious school.


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Arts of Asia




Twelve-Point Star Tile


Iran (Object made in)

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Glazed fritware tiles cut and reassembled as a mosaic


H.: 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Frank G. Logan

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