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Star-Shaped Tile with Phoenix

A work made of lusterware, luster-painted fritware with molded decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lusterware, luster-painted fritware with molded decoration.


Ilkhanid dynasty (1256–1353), Late 13th century


Probably Takht-i Sulayman

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.


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Star-Shaped Tile with Phoenix


Iran (Object made in)

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Made 1250–1290


Lusterware, luster-painted fritware with molded decoration


21.2 × 21.8 × 1.2 cm (8 5/16 × 8 9/16 × 1/2 in.)

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Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

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