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Unknown (potter)


Henry Scipio Reitlinger


fritware (stonepaste)
Islamic (sub-category)lustreware (sub-category)





Monumental style


fritware covered with white glaze painted with lustre

fritware with orange tone, mould made, covered with a white glaze painted in brown lustre. Star-shaped. Decorated surface: painted in reserve against a lustred background a seated figure wearing a gown, decorated with groups of three dots, and a headdress is depicted against a background of coiling vines. On the edge of the tile, an area left undecorated in lustre forms a white contour line, that echoes its’ star shape. Glaze and lustre runs over the tile edges. Reverse surface: undecorated

Production Notes

Production Place

Iran (potter) (country) ()

Iranian (potter) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

fritware with orange tone, mould made, covered with a white glaze painted in brown lustre


height: (whole): 1.1 cm
length: (whole): 14.1 cm
width: (whole): 14 cm
weight: (whole): 222 g


late 12th Century


circa 1175 to 1200


bequeathed: Reitlinger, Henry Scipio 1950 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991


  1. Sotheby's (1986) Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles, London [page: 20] 15 October 1986)
    [comments: Publ. lot 91, withdrawn £300-500]
  2. Watson, Oliver (1985) Persian Lustre Ware, London: Faber and Faber Limited [page: 122-131]
    [comments: Cf. near identical star shaped tile with seated figure in reserve lustre, Plate J and for Ref. on pre-Mongol tile production]
  3. Porter, Venetia (1995) Islamic Tiles, London: British Museum Press [page: 32-61]
    [comments: Cf. near identical tile see figure 42 (p. p. 49) and for Ref. tile production between the 12th and 14th centuries]

Other Notes

Similar to C.443-1991 and C.442-1991

Accession Number

C.441-1991 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 75102; Input Date: 2004-03-11 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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