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British Museum

Eight-pointed star tile, repaired with a fragment of another tile. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in blue, turquoise and lustre over an opaque white glaze. The central field is et in the open, with flowers, foliage and a plump bird. It depicts a seated figure and a second, stooping, figure who is pouring wine from a bottle into an open bowl supported on a tripod. Both are wearing richly patterned tunics with hats with back flaps and feathers. Two smaller faces behind probably represent attendants. The inscription around the border contains a number of elements: verses of Persian poetry, a statement that it was made in Kashan and the date are followed by a phrase in Arabic. The lower right edge has been broken off and replaced by a fragment of another tile showing the beginnings of a verse from the Shahnameh.

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  • Title: tile
  • Date Created: 1338/1339
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 21.20cm; Width: 21.60cm; Thickness: 1.60cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: mould-made; lustred
  • Subject: food/drink; bird; calligraphy; gathering
  • Registration number: OA+.1123
  • Production place: Made in Kashan
  • Period/culture: Ilkhanid dynasty
  • Material: stonepaste
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
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