27 April 2004
A KASHAN TURQUOISE GLAZED MOULDED POTTERY TILE
CENTRAL IRAN, 13TH CENTURY
Moulded under the opaque plain turquoise glaze with three vertical arched panels each with pillars flanking a central pendant mosque lamp below the arabesque tympanum with stylised inscription band around the arch, upper band of continuous moulded arabesque interlace, lower section unglazed and probably intended to be hidden, top with wide flat glazed area, areas of light iridescence, mounted on board
13¼ x 14 1/8in. (34.6 x 36cm.)
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Zick-Nissen, Johanna (et al): Islamische Keramik, Düsseldorf, 1973, no.178, p.133.
In the middle arch is incribed:
'izz wa iqbal wa dawlat (Glory and Prosperity and Wealth).
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