Hexagonal Tile Ensemble with Sphinx

Object Name: Tile panel

Date: ca. 1160s–70s

Geography: From Turkey, Konya

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Stonepaste; over- and underglaze-painted, gilded

Dimensions: H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Josephson, 1976

Accession Number: 1976.245


This composite tile formed by smaller elements to create a hexagon probably originates from the palace of Ala 'al-Din Kay-Qubadh (r. 1220–37) in Konya, Central Anatolia, where tile production may have been accomplished with the help of migrant craftsmen, explaining why the overglaze-painted technique was so widespread.