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Tile Fragment with Figure in a Niche

A work made of fritware, luster-painted overglaze decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of fritware, luster-painted overglaze decoration.


Ilkanid dynasty (1256–1353), c.1270



About this artwork

This tile is one of the few instances where all four major types of Islamic ornamentation are used in a single object. Vegetal scrolls are depicted in various shapes and sizes in the background of the piece; calligraphy runs across the central arch; geometric patterning is present on the garment worn by the central figure; and figural imagery related to humans and animals is found both in the person seated beneath the arch and band of running animals at the base of the tile. Also notable are the features of the central figure: a round face with slanted eyes, meant to represent a Turco-Mongol, or Central Asian, face.


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Arts of Asia




Tile Fragment with Figure in a Niche


Made 1265–1275


Fritware, luster-painted overglaze decoration


28.9 x 41.5 x 4.2 cm (11 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. )

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph L. Valentine

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