East Asian Art
Tile Mosaic PanelMade in Isfahan, Iran, Asia
Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722), 16th century
Artist/maker unknown, Iranian or Persian
1931-76-1Purchased with Museum funds, 1931
LabelThis striking Persian mosaic was created during the Safavid dynasty (1501–1722). It is said to have come from a Sufi Muslim monastery that was located in the city of Isfahan, then the capital city of Persia (present-day Iran). The panel, with its alternating palmette and star motifs, is composed of myriad pieces of ceramic tile in which mirror-black, mingled with various shades of faun and umber, predominates. It is set into a background of brilliant turquoise, a color for which sixteenth-century Persian tilemakers were renowned.
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