Fritware with luster-painted design
Overall: 19.5 x 16 cm (7 11/16 x 6 5/16 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust by exchange 1915.524
Where fine clay was unavailable, potters made a paste out of ground quartz, clay, and glass. When fired, the paste created a compact white material called fritware that approximated the appearance of porcelain.
The design of this tile-a couple with a wine beaker surrounded by verses of Iranian love poetry-indicates that it was originally part of wall decoration and would have alternated with cross-shaped tiles.
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