The inscription here reads: bism allah al-rahman al-rahim
The frieze from which this tile comes is typified by a very fine glaze quality and unusually successful firing of the lustre. Five tiles and three corner tiles from the series are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Stefano Carboni and Tomoko Masuya, Persian Tiles, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1993, no.21, p.26). Another was in the collection of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (Treasures of Islam exhibition catalogue, Geneva, 1985, no.237, p.235; Spirit and Life, Geneva 2007, no.21b, p.45). Two more are in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt (M. Müller-Wiener, Islamische Keramik, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1996, no.147 a and b, pp.140-1). Further examples have been at auction (Sotheby's, Geneva, June 1985, lot 213; Sotheby's London 25 April 2005, lot 111, Bonham's, London, 2 May 2001, lots 291 and 292, and in these Rooms 29 April 2003, lot 107).