• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    A LARGE SELJUK MOULDED POTTERY WINDOW TILE

    PROBABLY RAQQA, SYRIA, 12TH OR FIRST HALF 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE SELJUK MOULDED POTTERY WINDOW TILE
    PROBABLY RAQQA, SYRIA, 12TH OR FIRST HALF 13TH CENTURY
    Of square form, with a central eight-pointed star opening echoed by further interlocking mouldings around, with slightly raised borders, one transverse repaired break
    14 5/8in. (37.2cm.) square


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    The two moulded and pierced tiles of similar design and identical size now in the Khalili collection are likely to have the same origin as the present example (J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam, Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, Abu Dhabi, 2007, cat.135). They would have been set as window tiles within the walls of important buildings such as the Abbasid palaces in Raqqa, Syria, which were destroyed by the Mongols in 1256.

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