Photograph: David Franzen, 2012,  © DDFIA, Honolulu, Hawai'i

This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Set of ten inscription frieze tiles


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Hegira c. 709 / AD 1310

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Stonepaste; overglaze-painted in luster, underglaze-painted in cobalt


Each tile: 39.7 x 41.3 cm

Period / Dynasty



Iran, Kashan


Ten luster tiles compose a frieze signed by Yusuf ibn 'Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Tahir, the son of the potter who made the DDFIA’s Veramin mihrab (48.327). The Abi Tahir family of Kashan, Iran, is famous for the production of exquisite tilework and ceramic vessels during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The inscription on this frieze is from the Qur’an’s well-known "Throne Verse" (2: 255). The final tile (lower left) is signed by Yusuf. Purchased in New York City, 1940.

Citation of this web page:

 "Set of ten inscription frieze tiles" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;EPM;us;Mus22;28;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 28


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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