Star tile with horse

Persian
Ilkhanid (Mongol)
A.D. 1310 (A.H. 710)


Object Place: Probably Kashan, Iran

Dimensions

Diameter x depth: 20.5 x 1.3 cm (8 1/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

31.729

Medium or Technique

Fritware with blue and luster decoration on opaque white glaze

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Tiles

Inscription

Persian poem, Shaikh Majd al-Din al-Baghdadi:

"Oh my appealing friend, thou knowest why at night My skirt is damp from my two eyes' tears; From desire for thy lips [my eyes express] Water from the mouth of the pupil of my eye. In the year 710" (trans. in Welch, see publications)

alternate reading:
"Do you know, o my admired one, why
My two opressed eyes are full of tears?
[My eyes] keep drinking from desire for your lips;
Water [falls] from the mouth of my pupils.
In the year 710"
(Alexander, see publications)

Provenance

1931, purchased by Arthur Upham Pope for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and funds donated by Edward Jackson Holmes