Tile Panel in the form of an Architectural Niche

Maker: Hasan ibn `Ali ibn Ahmad Babavaih

Object Name: Tile with niche design

Date: first half 14th century

Geography: Made in Iran, Kashan

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Stonepaste; inglaze painted in blue, luster-painted on opaque white glaze, modeled

Dimensions: H. 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm)
W. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1909

Accession Number: 09.87


Scholars have proposed that this large three-piece mihrab-shaped panel once adorned the tomb of the Sufi shaikh 'Abd al-Samad in Natanz. In addition to its selection of Qur'anic verses, the panel includes an inscription describing itself as the work of Hasan ibn 'Ali ibn Ahmad Babavaih, a known fourteenth-century tilemaker from Kashan. Indicative of the collaborative nature of this type of work, this piece also contains the signature of the calligrapher who wrote the inscription - 'Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Fadl Allah.