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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    A PANEL OF QAJAR MOULDED POLYCHROME POTTERY TILES

    PROBABLY TEHRAN, NORTH IRAN, CIRCA 1880

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    A PANEL OF QAJAR MOULDED POLYCHROME POTTERY TILES
    PROBABLY TEHRAN, NORTH IRAN, CIRCA 1880
    Comprising five very large rectangular tiles, together forming a large panel with two lines of elegant moulded white nasta'liq inscription set against a cobalt-blue ground painted with polychrome flowers, in a narrow raised border of meandering dense vine on a black ground, four with repaired breaks
    Overall 20¾ x 71½in. (53 x 182cm.) (5)


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    The inscription is a hadith recorded as a divine hadith given to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It can be translated:
    'The authority of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib - peace be upon him - is my fortification
    Thus, whoever enters my fortification will be protected from my punishment'.

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