Star Tile with Combat Scene

Iranian2nd half 13th century (Ilkhanid)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The Persian verses written around the outer blue band come from the Shahnama (Book of Kings), the national epic of Iran, and specifically from a section of the text that recounts the tragic combat between the great hero Rustam and his son Sohrab. It is unlikely, however, that the two men fighting in the center of this tile are meant to illustrate the Shahnama text.

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  • Title: Star Tile with Combat Scene
  • Date Created: 2nd half 13th century (Ilkhanid)
  • Physical Dimensions: w20.7 x h20.5 x d1.8 cm
  • Type: tiles
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: fritware with underglaze-painted and overglaze luster decoration
  • Provenance: Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Iran
  • ExhibitionHistory: Calligraphy in the Arts of the Muslim World. Asia House Gallery, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis. 1979; Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001; The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 2002-2003
  • Artist: Iranian