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Star tile with seated figure
Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America
Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Hegira late 7th century / AD late 13th century
Stonepaste; overglaze-painted in luster
Diameter: 20.6 cm
In Iran, during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, star-shaped luster tiles were made in great numbers for the walls of religious and secular buildings. Figurative and non-figurative imagery was painted in the centre, while verses from the Qur'an or selections from Persian poetry were written around the edges. The halo surrounding the head of the seated figure indicates that this person was an important individual, such as royalty.
"Star tile with seated figure" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus22;31;en
MWNF Working Number: US2 31