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Tiled Arch with Hunting Scenes

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Late 17th century Isfahan/Iranfaience, glazed colours applied in cuerda seca techniqueH 132 cm; W 346 cm

This tiled arch depicts three mounted hunters. It is to be assumed that it originates from a house or palace covered with tiles and erected during the Safavid rule (1501-1732) in Isfahan, which was the capital of Iran and the surroundings at that time. Cultural life blossomed during the rule of the Safavid dynasty. The first narrative figural compositions, as seen on this tiled arch, date from the early 17th century. They were depicted in a style similar to those seen in illuminated manuscripts.