Star-shaped tile

Iran, 1282-3 AD. (681 E.), siliceous faience with blue painted decoration and lustre on glaze

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In the Ilkhànid period, numerous tiles and slabs were manufactured for wall covering. They were produced on an almost industrial scale in the centre of Kashan, from where they were exported all over the East, where they were called “kashanì” or “kashì”. The star-shaped tiles, which alternated with cross-shaped elements, present a pattern in which the central figurative element is surrounded by an inscription, on a blue background, which follows the outline of the object. The particular value of this specimen is linked to the presence of the date on the artefact.

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