Hexagonal Tile

Object Name: Hexagonal tile

Date: first half 15th century

Geography: Attributed to Syria

Medium: Composite body; underglaze painted

Dimensions: Ht. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Gr. DiagonaL. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Museum Accession

Accession Number: x.228.1


The background of tightly coiled spirals and the use of black, blue, and turquoise underglaze pigments betray the Syrian provenance of this tile. The lidded ewer on a stand, a form that is still popular in the Middle East, is a recurrent motif based on contemporary metal examples.