23 April 2002
A LUSTRE PAINTED STELLAR TILE
From the Imamzadah Yahya, Veramin, North Iran, AH 660-661/1261-3 AD
The eight-pointed star with a central design of radiating floral and arabesque motifs linked by scrolling strapwork reserved against a scrolling lustre ground, in a border of continuous inscripion, the reverse with a bold naskh inscription, one corner restored
12 5/8in. (31.5cm.) across
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On the reverse the number "six hundred and forty-two" is written in full in a contemporaneous hand.
The inscription on the front is a narrative with "Shaykh Junayd" in Persian prose quoting Arabic phrases.
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