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Mosaic Tile Panel with Design of Flowers and Interlocking Vines

Artist Culture
Persian
Period
Timurid period, 1364–1507
Date
1480–81
Material
Glazed fritware
From
Isfahan, Esfahan province, Iran, Asia
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
On View, Gallery 120
Dimensions
44 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (113 x 76.8 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
87:1923
NOTES
This tile panel comes from the inner portal of the mausoleum of a holy man in Isfahan in central Iran. Shrines often benefitted from very high-level patronage, as evidenced here by the use of the expensive and time-consuming tile mosaic technique. To keep the bright colors apart during the firing process, they are applied to separate pieces of tile, baked in the kiln, and then assembled like a puzzle.This technique was first developed by Iranian ceramicists, many of whom were forcibly taken to Samarqand in Central Asia (Transoxiana) by the conqueror Timur (Tamerlane) in the late 14th century. Tile mosaic continued to evolve there with lavish Timurid patronage, with graceful new floral styles that were then brought back to Iran.
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