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A KASHAN LUSTRE, COBALT-BLUE AND TURQUOISE MOULDED INSCRIPTION FRIEZE TILE
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A KASHAN LUSTRE, COBALT-BLUE AND TURQUOISE MOULDED INSCRIPTION FRIEZE TILE

CENTRAL IRAN, 13TH CENTURY

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A KASHAN LUSTRE, COBALT-BLUE AND TURQUOISE MOULDED INSCRIPTION FRIEZE TILE
CENTRAL IRAN, 13TH CENTURY
The main register with spiralling turquoise tendrils issuing bold leaves on a lustre ground with small scrolling motifs around further leaves and a variety of animals, all around a moulded cobalt-blue naskh inscription, the upper register with interlaced moulded arabesques, lower band of stylised kufic, slight chips to surface, otherwise intact
11¼ x 12in. (28.7 x 30.4cm.)
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The inscription is a part of a Persian verse, translating ".. going on ..."

This tile appears to be from the same original frieze as one in the British Museum (Porter, Venetia: Islamic Tiles, London, 1995, pl.45, p.51). These are very similar in all aspects of design to "Frieze 3" defined by Dr Melikian-Chirvani, but noticeably smaller in scale and therefore probably come from another related interior (Melikian-Chirvani, A.S.: Les frises du shah name dans l'architecture iranienne sous les Ilkhan, Paris, 1996, pp.39-43, figs.27-30). Please see also the note to lot 296.
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