About this artwork
Phoenixes were common motifs of Ilkhanid ceramics and regularly featured on eight-pointed star tiles. This tile features a phoenix with outstretched wings and a sweeping tail reserved against a luster ground. This tile’s decoration is similar to tiles depicting phoenixes made for the Ilkhanid palace known as Takht-i Sulaiman, which was constructed in the 1270s. While the exact provenance of this tile is uncertain, the use of such designs at Takht-i Sulaiman provides an approximate date for this piece. Modern-day excavations of Takht-i Sulaiman have revealed thousands of tile fragments, which were once used as lavish ornamentation for palace walls that must have gleamed when light reflected their brilliant luster.
- Star-Shaped Tile with Phoenix
- Made 1250–1290
- Fritware with molded decoration, in-glaze painting in blue and turquoise, and overglaze painting in luster
- 21.2 × 21.8 × 1.2 cm (8 5/16 × 8 9/16 × 1/2 in.)
- Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection