Photograph: David Franzen, 2012,  © DDFIA, Honolulu, Hawai'i

This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Tile panel in the form of a tomb cover


Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

About Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Date of Object:

Dated hegira Rabi II 713 / AD July 1313

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Stonepaste; overglaze-painted in luster, underglaze-painted in cobalt


Overall: 194.3 x 82.6 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iran, Kashan


This tomb cover consists of three large luster tiles, all of which are covered in cobalt calligraphy in relief. It is presumed that this tripartite panel constituted the upper surface of a sarcophagus marking the burial place of Imam Ja‘far’s daughter. As a descendent of an imam, her tomb would have been known as an imamzada (Persian: imam born). During the Ilkhanid period of rule in Greater Iran (1256–1353), Shi‘ite imamzadas preserved some of the finest Persian tilework ever made.

Citation of this web page:

 "Tile panel in the form of a tomb cover" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;EPM;us;Mus22;29;en

MWNF Working Number: US2 29


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