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  • Tile panel, early 14th century (probably 1310)
    Hasan ibn cAli ibn Ahmad Babavaih
    Iran (Kashan)
    Fritware, overglaze luster–painted; 48 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (123.2 x 59.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1909 (09.87)

    This set of three molded luster tiles that, arranged vertically, represent a mihrab (prayer niche), was originally set in the tomb of cAbd al-Samad in Natanz, as was the rectangular calligraphic tile (12.44). The inscription on the spandrels identifies the panel as a work of Hasan ibn cAli ibn Ahmad Babavaih, a tile maker from Kashan who was responsible for the interior decoration of the mausoleum. Qur’anic inscriptions are copied all around and in panels within the tiles, including the arch itself, which represents the stylized word fasayakfikahum ("and He will suffice against them").

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  • Tile panel, early 14th century (probably 1310)
    Hasan ibn cAli ibn Ahmad Babavaih
    Iran (Kashan)
    Fritware, overglaze luster-painted; 48 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (123.2 x 59.7 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1909 (09.87)

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