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Star tile with phoenix

Tile (star tile)
Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid period, 1270s
Stone-paste painted under and over turquoise (copper-tinted) glaze, with gold leaf
H x W x D: 20.9 x 21.3 x 2 cm (8 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 13/16 in)
Iran, Takht-i Sulayman
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
In the Islamic world, ceramics makers emphasized brightly colored glazes and intricate designs to animate relatively simple shapes and architectural tiles. Drawing on a variety of decorative sources, they continually expanded and refined their repertoire of calligraphic, abstract, and figurative motifs. Some of the designs, such as the soaring phoenix on this fourteenth-century turquoise molded tile, reflect Iran's contacts with other artistic traditions, in particular China. Such "exotic" motifs became an integral part of the Persian visual language and were skillfully adapted to satisfy local taste and aesthetic preferences.
The production of glazed tiles used in architecture reached new levels of refinement during the rule of the Mongol Il-khanids in Iran (1256-1353). This molded, eight-pointed star tile, turquoise, with gold leaf applied over glaze to lend a glistening effect, is associated with the fourteenth-century palace of Takht-i Sulayman, located in northwestern Iran. Its design of a soaring phoenix is inspired by Chinese models, which became an integral part of fourteenth-century Persian visual language.
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On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Ceramic
Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, phoenix, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

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