Star tile with phoenix

Historical period(s)
Il-Khanid dynasty, 1270s
Stone-paste painted under and over turquoise (copper-tinted) glaze, with gold leaf
H x W x D: 20.9 x 21.3 x 2 cm (8 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 13/16 in)
Iran, Takht-i Sulayman
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Ceramic

Tile (star tile)

Il-Khanid dynasty (1256 - 1353), Iran, phoenix, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge (1914-2004) and (died 2000)


The production of glazed tiles used in architecture reached new levels of refinement during the rule of the Mongol Il-khanids in Iran (1256-1353). This molded, eight-pointed star tile, turquoise, with gold leaf applied over glaze to lend a glistening effect, is associated with the fourteenth-century palace of Takht-i Sulayman, located in northwestern Iran. Its design of a soaring phoenix is inspired by Chinese models, which became an integral part of fourteenth-century Persian visual language.

Published References
  • Najmieh Batmanglij. From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table. Washington. p. 66.
  • Louise Allison Cort, Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 44, pp. 67, 89.
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 134-137, fig. 4.
  • Linda Komaroff Stephano Carboni. The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353. Exh. cat. New York and New Haven. cat. 84, p. 263, fig. 101.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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