Panel from a mihrab

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, early 14th century
Molded stone-paste; painted under glaze with color and over glaze with luster
Lustre ware
H x W x D (overall): 66.4 x 59 x 10.7 cm (26 1/8 x 23 1/4 x 4 3/16 in)
Iran, Probably Kashan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Ceramic


Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, Lustre ware

To 1909
T.J. Larkin, London, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from T.J. Larkin in 1909 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1952, 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) and Custodian(s)

Thomas Joseph Larkin (C.L. Freer source) 1848-1915
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


This glazed panel, adorned with an arabesque design in relief, originally formed the upper section of large tile mihrab. It is inscribed with a verse from the Qur'an (sura 11, verse 114):

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Perform prayer morning and evening, and in the watches
of the night.  Behold, good works and drive away evil.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 93.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Evidence for the Identification of Kashan Pottery. vol. 3 Ann Arbor. p. 62, fig. 23.
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Exh. cat. Washington, 1973. cat. 68, pp. 150-151.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art and Archaeology: Collected Papers. Berlin. pp. 402-434.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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