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Panel of 16 Tiles from the Shrine of Zayn al-Mulk

Arts of the Islamic World

This panel once adorned a shrine in Isfahan, built by a wealthy patron named Jacfar ibn cImad ibn cAli al-Adhami al-Gulbari al-Hasani for his father, Zayn al-Mulk. The polychrome palette and intricate mosaic design—featuring motifs based on lotuses, palmettes, carnations, and lilies appearing amongst scrolling vines—are typical of late fifteenth-century architectural decoration under the Timurids. More panels and fragments from this tomb can be found in other North American and European collections.
MEDIUM Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue, turquoise, green, manganese purple, yellow ochre, and opaque white glazes, cut to shape in the mosaic faience technique and set in plaster
DATES A.H. 885/1480-81 C.E.
DIMENSIONS frame: 41 x 28 in. (104.1 x 71.1 cm) sight: 31 5/8 x 19 1/8 in. (80.3 x 48.6 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 77.196.3
CREDIT LINE Gift of Evelyn Metzger
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CAPTION Panel of 16 Tiles from the Shrine of Zayn al-Mulk, A.H. 885/1480-81 C.E. Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue, turquoise, green, manganese purple, yellow ochre, and opaque white glazes, cut to shape in the mosaic faience technique and set in plaster, frame: 41 x 28 in. (104.1 x 71.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evelyn Metzger, 77.196.3. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.77.196.3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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Panel of 16 Tiles from the Shrine of Zayn al-Mulk

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