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Tile Mosaic Panel

Artist/maker unknown, Iranian or Persian

Made in Isfahan, Iran, Asia

16th century

Pottery, glazed

42 inches × 10 feet 6 inches (106.7 × 320 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 323, Asian Art, third floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1931

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This 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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