A Safavid cuerda seca pottery Tile depicting flames in front of an elaborate tent Persia, 17th Century(2)
Lot 58*
A Safavid cuerda seca pottery Tile depicting flames in front of an elaborate tent
Persia, 17th Century
(2)
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 26,701) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Safavid cuerda seca pottery Tile depicting flames in front of an elaborate tent
Persia, 17th Century
decorated in polychrome, with the top of a striped turban lower left, mounted
24 x 24 cm.(2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection.

    Published: Simon Ray, Indian and Islamic Art, Exhibition Catalogue, London, 6th October - 10th November 2008, pp. 47-8, no. 19.

    The dramatic nature of the flames rising above a person standing below suggests that these are not ordinary flames from a campfire or a siege, but the type that might accompany a prophet or saint as attributes of his visionary qualities, as seen in Persian miniatures of the period. It is possible that this tile was once part of a panel depicting the story of Jami's Yusuf va Zulaykha, with the flames emanating from Yusuf.
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