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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware coated in a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in blue and lustre
Shape: roughly square tile with straight edges and decoration in relief.
Upper surface: on the upper edge a wide symmetrical frieze of dotted palmettes and split leaves are reserved on a lustred ground incised with spirals and commas. Painted in blue across the centre of the tile, a tri-lobed arch contains a verse from the Shahnama reserved on a lustred background containing dotted trefoils. In the spandrels and below the arch, further lustre split leaves are painted on a background of lustre scrolls. On bottom edge a narrow chevron pattern is painted in lustre. Turquoise is spotted at points on the surface; lustre decoration and glaze spill over onto the edges.
Lower surface: undecorated


History note: Possibly from the palace complex at Takht-i Sulayman; lent by Captain Hugh Calverley in June 1919; given by Mrs E.L. Calverley in December 1924.

Legal notes

Given Mrs E.L. Calverley

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.8 cm
Height: 29.2 cm
Weight: 2722 g
Width: 30 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Iran
  • Takht –i Sulayman ⪼ Iran

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1924-12) by Calverley, E.L., Mrs


13th Century, Late
Circa 1280 CE - Circa 1289 CE


On accession the tile was considered to have possibly adorned walls of the palace at Takht –i Sulayman. This is not now thought to have been the case, because its upper border has not been recorded on any of the known tiles from that site. The Arabic inscription is from the Shahnama by Abu'l-Qasim Firdausi.

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Components of the work

Upper Surface composed of oxide colours ( lustre) pigment ( turquoise, blue) glaze ( white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, mould made, coated in a white glaze painted in blue and lustre

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: moulded in relief and painted

  • Location: Across the centre of the tile in an arch
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: rectangular paper label is adhered to the lower surface

  • Text: 'Given1924 / Loaned by Cpt Hugh Calverley, June 1919’
  • Location: Lower surface
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1924
Primary reference Number: 17497
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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