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Star-shaped tile with inscription from the Quran
Place of Origin: Iran
Date: approx. 1200-1300
Historical Period: Ilkhanid period (1256-1353)
Materials: Glazed fritware with underglaze painting
Dimensions: H. 1 1/2 in x Diam. 8 1/4 in, H. 3.8 cm x Diam. 21 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: West Asian Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P2033
On Display: No

Description

Label: The large Arabic words in the center of this tile read "might and dominion." The much smaller writing in the border of the tile quotes a verse from the Koran reading "In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful: Everything in the heavens and on earth declares the praises and glory of God, the sovereign, the holy one, the exalted in might, the wise. It is He who has sent to the unlettered an apostle from among themselves to rehearse to them His signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in scripture and wisdom although they had been, before, in manifest error." Tiles of this shape would have alternated with tiles shaped like plus signs with pointed arms to cover a wall completely.

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Inscriptions: nashki script on edge: "In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare the praises and glory of God, the sovereign, the holy one, the exalted in might, the wise. It is He who has sent amongst the unlettered an apostle from among themselves to rehearse to them His signs, to sanctify them and to instruct them in scripture and wisdom although they had been, before, in manifest error." (Koran 62:1-3)

in center: "al'izz wad-dawla (might and dominion)"
Exhibition History: "Near Eastern Masterpieces", San Antonio Museum of Art, 5/16/1987 - 1/4/1988
"Ancient Middle Eastern Objects" wall case (renewable annually), deYoung Museum, 4/13/1988 - 10/21/1992
Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)
Label: The large Arabic words in the center of this tile read "might and dominion." The much smaller writing in the border of the tile quotes a verse from the Koran reading "In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful: Everything in the heavens and on earth declares the praises and glory of God, the sovereign, the holy one, the exalted in might, the wise. It is He who has sent to the unlettered an apostle from among themselves to rehearse to them His signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in scripture and wisdom although they had been, before, in manifest error." Tiles of this shape would have alternated with tiles shaped like plus signs with pointed arms to cover a wall completely.
Inscriptions: nashki script on edge: "In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare the praises and glory of God, the sovereign, the holy one, the exalted in might, the wise. It is He who has sent amongst the unlettered an apostle from among themselves to rehearse to them His signs, to sanctify them and to instruct them in scripture and wisdom although they had been, before, in manifest error." (Koran 62:1-3)

in center: "al'izz wad-dawla (might and dominion)"
Exhibition History: "Near Eastern Masterpieces", San Antonio Museum of Art, 5/16/1987 - 1/4/1988
"Ancient Middle Eastern Objects" wall case (renewable annually), deYoung Museum, 4/13/1988 - 10/21/1992
Arts of the Islamic World from Turkey to Indonesia (Tateuchi Gallery, September 5, 2008 - March 1, 2009)