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Tile: EC.173-1946

Object information

Awaiting location update


Production: Unknown (Possibly)




Frieze tile. Greyish-buff earthenware, moulded in relief, covered with an opaque white (tin?) glaze and painted in blue and red. At the top there is a raised border moulded in relief with flowers and foliage on a wavy stem. At the bottom there is a narrow raised border. On the main field, in relief, is part of an inscribed border. The rest of the surface is decorated with wavy stems bearing flowers and foliage reserved on a red ground.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4.0 cm
Height: 30.5 cm
Width: 31.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kashan ⪼ Persia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


13th Century-14th Century#
1200 CE - 1330 CE


P. Morgan (Oxford) thinks it is genuine.

Persian, Kashan (fake?)

Components of the work

Decoration composed of white glaze
Upper Surface

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: part of an inscription

  • Location: On the main field
  • Method of creation: In relief, painted in blue
  • Text: Mr. Arthur Lane/ of the V. & A. Museum/is doubtful as to/this tile being genuine/24 Feb 1950
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.173-1946
Primary reference Number: 17504
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 December 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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