23 October 2007
A KASHAN STAR TILE
CENTRAL IRAN, LATE 13TH CENTURY
Of eight-pointed form, decorated in cobalt-blue, turquoise and lustre, the centre with two confronted kneeling figures flanking a cypress tree, on a lustre ground of floral arabesques, in a border of angular naskh inscription between blue lines, one repaired chip
8 1/8in. (20.6cm.) across
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The inscription comprises verses from the Shahnama of Firdawsi. They detail the episode of Rustam going to the hunting ground at the beginning of the story of Rustam and Sohrab.
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