London, South Kensington
30 April 2004
A Kashan lustre and cobalt blue star tile, Central Iran, late 13th/early 14th century
the lustre ground painted with leafy motifs around the figures of two adorsed birds flanking a cypress tree, in a border of naskh inscription between stripes -- 8¼in. (20.8cm.) across.
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The inscription is composed of different tiles and a date fi sana 697 (1297-8) which may be a later addition, or from a different tile.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately