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Tile depicting a rider holding a falcon

  • Description

    While providing a protective barrier to otherwise perishable brick constructions, tile revetments can also tell us about the social status and aspirations of the patron behind the building. This example, originally part of a large frieze of tiles, is datable to the Qajar period (1785-1925), a time when covering buildings with extensive tiles decorated with traditional literary cycles and courtly themes was in great fashion. Its subject - a hunter with falcon - and quality suggest that it was probably intended for the residence of a wealthy citizen.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Iran (place of creation)
    19th century (1801 - 1900)
    Material and technique
    fritware, with moulded decoration and polychrome underglaze painting
    36.7 x 28.8 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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Glossary (2)

fritware, underglaze painting

  • fritware

    Ceramic material composed of ground quartz and small quantities of clay and finely ground frit (frit is obtained by pouring molten glass into water).

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • currently in research collection

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