Corner tile

Corner tile. Broken in two and mended; two plaster restorations.
Clay: soft, buff.
Glaze: rich turquoise blue, crackled; areas of incipient disintegration and a silver iridescence.
Decoration: parts of Arabic inscriptions modelled in low relief.

Historical period(s)
Probably late 12th-early 13th century
Medium
Stone-paste painted under glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15.3 x 29.8 x 25.6 cm (6 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/16 in)
Geography
Syria, Probably Raqqa
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1908.156
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Architectural Element, Ceramic
Type

Tile

Keywords
iridescence, Syria
Provenance

To 1908
Au Musee Orientale, Stamboul, Istanbul, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Au Musee Orientale in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1810, as well as Journal Voucher No. 2, December 1908, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Au Musee Orientale (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Corner tile. Broken in two and mended; two plaster restorations.
Clay: soft, buff.
Glaze: rich turquoise blue, crackled; areas of incipient disintegration and a silver iridescence.
Decoration: parts of Arabic inscriptions modelled in low relief.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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