E & M PerezEllen and Michael Perez

Islamic Persian Round Tile -Birds - Seljuk - Qajar

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Antique round tile or lid, glazed ceramic with hole, decorated with polychrome glazes and images of birds. Measures 8 3/8" in diameter and is 3/4" thick. Hand thrown, ridges clearly visible on both front and back. Edges of back are slightly beveled, visible in photos. Heavy crackled glaze, background of creamy beige with darker tones, figures with purplish bodies, outlines and banding of dark brown, spots of dark blue, edge in turquoise glaze. The back has dark staining, and it is possible that the piece was used as a lid on a food container, possibly oil or honey. The figures depict bird like creatures, long necks with feathers, plumes on their heads, beak like mouths, with upturned tails. They also appear to have four legs, which is interesting, so they may be very stylized mammals or mythical beings. Early ceramic from Persia, of Islamic design, typical of the works of both Qajar and Seljuk pottery. Dates before 1700, may be as early as 13th century, when similar pottery was first produced. The heavy glaze and crackle is distinctive, and the colors are also typical of early wares from Persia and Ottoman regions. The birds are very charming with their long necks and curved bodies, and the touches of color enhance the overall design. The turquoise rim is also a very typical and strong glaze found throughout the Middle East region, from the earliest medieval times. Very good condition for the age, with minor wear to glaze, most visible on outside of turquoise rim. Staining most visible on back of tile. No cracks or chips.