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Mihrab Tile (Iran), 13th century

This is a Mihrab Tile. It is dated 13th century and we acquired it in 1958. Its medium is glazed, modeled and lustered stonepaste with underglaze and underpaint decoration. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Lusterware was a dominant type of ceramic production in medieval Iran, possibly having spread from Egypt in the early 12th century. Within Iran, the town of Kashan was the finest producer of lusterware and manufacture was at its peak during the 12th and 13th centuries.Human interaction with lusterware vessels and tiles over time has enhanced variations in color and luminescence.

This object was donated by Ephron Gallery. It is credited Gift of Ephron Gallery.

  • Tile
  • earthenware.
  • Gift of Dr. Walter Leo Hildburgh.
  • 1938-3-13
  • Tile
  • earthenware.
  • Gift of Harvey Smith.
  • 1968-130-7

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 19.1 × 37.1 × 4.4 cm (7 1/2 × 14 5/8 × 1 3/4 in.)

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Mihrab Tile (Iran), 13th century; glazed, modeled and lustered stonepaste with underglaze and underpaint decoration; H x W x D: 19.1 × 37.1 × 4.4 cm (7 1/2 × 14 5/8 × 1 3/4 in.); Gift of Ephron Gallery; 1958-72-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Iridescence.

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