Object Place: Islamic World
Longest 11.5 cm.
Medium or Technique
Fritware with minai type low-temperature decoration. Overglaze Ilkhanid enamels - the Mongol successors of the earlier mina'i ware - were often dominated by a dark blue ground, and have been called lajvardina wares, after the color of lapis lazuli. The present much brighter palette may be a later taste.
Not On View
This tile was one of many shapes making up a complex decorative pattern, and was probably made in Kashan or the Sultanabad area. The decoration of stylized vegetal forms is carried out in light blue, black, white and red.
John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund