Hexagonal Tile

Object Name: Hexagonal tile

Date: second half 15th century

Geography: Attributed to Egypt

Medium: Stonepaste; underglaze painted

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1967

Accession Number: 67.69.4


The design of this tile was strongly influenced by Chinese models, in both composition and color. The Egyptian taste for blue-and-white botanical designs was filtered through Iranian versions from the Ilkhanid period (1256–1353). It is known that Iranian artists moved westward at the beginning of the fifteenth century.