Glazed Kashan Tile - JB.1189 Origin: Central Asia Circa: 12th
Century AD Dimensions:10.8" (27.4cm) high x 10.8" (27.4cm) wide Collection: Islamic Art Medium: Glazed Earthenware
Additional Information: SOLD Location: Great Britain
Stonepaste cross-shaped tile, luster-painted on
an opaque white glaze and decorated with a
spotted doe in movement against an asymetrical
stylised vegetal background. Cursive inscription
on white ground running all around the border
and framing the central field. Three of the doe’s
slender legs and several of the spiraling branches
terminate in what resembles to be hare heads. All
main decorative elements are reserved in white
over a warm brown ground of opulent lustre and
in spite of the asymmetry, the composition is
nevertheless beautifully balanced.
Cross tiles were very much in favour from the
beginning of the 13th and well into the following
century; our sample dates to the second half of
the 13th century.
Iran, Ilkhanid period.