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A GEOMETRIC STUCCO TILE
A GEOMETRIC STUCCO TILE

POSSIBLY SAMANID CENTRAL ASIA OR IRAN, CIRCA 10TH CENTURY

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A GEOMETRIC STUCCO TILE
POSSIBLY SAMANID CENTRAL ASIA OR IRAN, CIRCA 10TH CENTURY
The polygonal form deeply carved with a complex geometric design of interlacing strapwork centred around a eight-pointed star, plain border on either edge, semi-circular indentation on one side, losses
17¾ x 16¼in. (45.4 x 41.2cm.)

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The line of pierced roundels, the background filled with diamond shaped motifs and the four-petalled rosettes are elements which can all be closely paralleled with the architectural decoration of the Samanid mausoleum of Isma'il in Bukhara, erected before 943 AD (Arthur U. Pope, A Survey of Persian Art, London, 1938, p.264, ill.A-C). Although the decoration of the mausoleum is on a larger scale, the finesse with which the tile fragment has been carved indicates that it was intended to ornate an important monument.
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