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

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

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