User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Star tile with horse

Start collecting

Inscription

Persian poem, Shaikh Majd al-Din al-Baghdadi: "Oh my appealing friend, thou knowest why at night My skirt is damp from my two eyes' tears; From desire for thy lips [my eyes express] Water from the mouth of the pupil of my eye. In the year 710" (trans. in Welch, see publications) alternate reading: "Do you know, o my admired one, why My two opressed eyes are full of tears? [My eyes] keep drinking from desire for your lips; Water [falls] from the mouth of my pupils. In the year 710" (Alexander, see publications)

Provenance

By 1931, purchased by Arthur Upham Pope for the MFA. (Accession Date: September 3, 1931)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund and funds donated by Edward Jackson Holmes

Persian, Ilkhanid (Mongol), dated 710 H., equivalent to A.D. 1310

Object Place

Probably Kashan, Iran

Dimensions

Diameter: 19.6 cm

Accession Number

31.729

Medium or Technique

Composite body (quartz, clay, and glass frit), underglaze painted in cobalt blue and overglaze painted in luster

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Tiles