Star-Shaped Tile with Phoenix

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

Date:

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

Artist:

Iran
possibly 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.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Star-Shaped Tile with Phoenix

Origin

Iran

Date

1250–1290

Medium

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

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1926.2175

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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