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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Takht-i Sulayman, Iran
  • Material

    Stone-paste painted under and over turquoise (copper-tinted) glaze, with gold leaf
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 20.9 x 21.3 x 2 cm (8 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    This eight-pointed star tile has a painted design of a phoenix in black, white, and red on a blue background. Details of the star are highlighted with cut gold leaf.
  • Provenance

    Between 1962-1966 to 1997
    Osborne (1914-2004) and Gratia Hauge (1907-2000), acquired in Iran [1]
    From 1997
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge [2]
    [1] Acquired while Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge were living in Tehran, Iran, between 1962 and 1966. See Louise A. Cort; Massumeh Farhad; and Ann Clyburn Gunter, “Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts” (Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2000), p. 11.
    The Hauge family began collecting Asian paintings, sculpture, and ceramics in the late 1940s and amassed a large collection in the post-World War II years.
    [2] See Arthur M. Sackler Gallery “Acquisition Consideration Form,” approved on December 19, 1997, copy in object file. See also signed “Deed of Gift to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution,” dated December 26, 1997, copy in object file.
    Research updated May 18, 2023
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Sky Blue: Color in Ceramics of the Islamic World (Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Sunday, April 02, 2017)
    The Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings (October 23, 2010 to April 17, 2011)
    Gold: The Asian Touch (September 10, 2005 to February 20, 2006)
    The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (November 5, 2002 to July 27, 2003)
    Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts (October 29, 2000 to April 22, 2001)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge ((1914-2004) and (1907-2000))
  • Origin

    Takht-i Sulayman, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
  • Type

    Architectural Element
  • Restrictions and Rights

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