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Tile with Figures and Animals
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Tile with Figures and Animals

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The central figure on this Kashan ware tile represents Faridun, a legendary Iranian king whose brave feats are extolled in the Shahnama, as he rides his favorite mount, a cow named Birmaya, while holding an ox-headed mace. The writing that runs underneath Faridun and his two attendants comes from a different section of the Shahnama, suggesting that the artist who decorated this tile was not necessarily concerned with maintaining a close correlation between image and text.
Date Description Narrative
11/17/1981Examinationexamined for loan
  • The World of Islam. Saint Mary's College, St. Mary's City. 1981.
  • The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. 2002-2003.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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late 13th century (Medieval)
fritware with underglaze and luster decoration
Accession Number
11 1/8 x 11 7/16 x 1 1/16 in. (28.3 x 29.1 x 2.6 cm)
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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