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A work made of fritware, molded and decorated with leaf gilding and red over a blue glaze (lajvardina).
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  • A work made of fritware, molded and decorated with leaf gilding and red over a blue glaze (lajvardina).

Date:

Ilkhanid dynasty (1256–1353), early 14th century

Artist:

Iran
probably Kashan

About this artwork

Overglaze painted ceramics on a blue background, called lajvardina, were developed by Ilkhanid potters in 14th-century Iran. Lajvardina wares are known for geometric patterns, although calligraphy can also be present, especially on tiles. Such tiles have not survived in large quantities because the gold leaf and overglaze painting have suffered from exposure to the elements.Despite the diminishment of its gold leaf decoration, this tile illustrates the lavish end results of the lajvardina technique: the deep cobalt blue fills the composition, red enamel highlights the calligraphic script, and the few traces of gold leaf shimmer. Cobalt blue and gold leaf were among the most expensive materials used by potters in the medieval world.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Tile

Origin

Iran

Date

1301–1353

Medium

Fritware, molded and decorated with leaf gilding and red over a blue glaze (lajvardina)

Dimensions

18.3 × 34.8 × 4.2 cm (7 3/16 × 14 1/8 × 1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1925.198

Extended information about this artwork

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