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AN ILKHANID MOULDED COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE DECORATED POTTERY TILE
AN ILKHANID MOULDED COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE DECORATED POTTERY TILE

FROM TAKHT-I SULAYMAN, WEST IRAN, CIRCA 1270-80

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AN ILKHANID MOULDED COBALT-BLUE, TURQUOISE AND LUSTRE DECORATED POTTERY TILE
FROM TAKHT-I SULAYMAN, WEST IRAN, CIRCA 1270-80
Of near square form, the main register with scrolling vine surrounding the powerful figure of a dragon with head turned over its shoulder, a band of bold palmette vine above and simple scrolling vine below, repaired breaks, one corner lacking, in old frame
13½ x 14in. (34.5 x 35.5cm.)
Provenance
Adda Family Collection, formed in Alexandria in the first half of the 20th century, sold in these Rooms, 7 October 2008, lot 119

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This is one of a well-known series of tiles depicting dragons that are thought to come from Takht-i Sulayman. This attribution is on the basis of a group of tiles, very probably from the same moulds, that were decorated in the lajvardina technique, a number of which were found there (The Arts of Islam, exhibition catalogue, London, 1976, no.388, p.259). A well-published lustre example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (Linda Komaroff and Stefano Carboni (eds.), The Legacy of Ghengis Khan, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2002, cat.100, ill.p.95). A further example was sold from the collection of Charles Gillot in our Paris saleroom, 4 March 2008, lot 4.

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