Frieze Tile

Object Name: Frieze tile

Date: second half 13th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran, Kashan

Medium: Stonepaste; molded, inglaze painted in blue and turquoise, luster-painted on opaque white glaze

Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1910

Accession Number: 10.9.1


This frieze tile is molded in low relief and painted in luster over an opaque white ground with accents of turquoise and cobalt blue. The background presents a lush landscape of vegetal motifs and birds in flight, while in the foreground two horsemen stab a deer with their swords. The figures wear luxurious clothes, and the artist has taken care to depict different textile patterns on each. Luster tiles of similar quality, color scheme, and motifs decorated the palace at Takht-i Sulaiman, an important Ilkhanid imperial residence.