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Isfahan: Harun-i-Vilaya, portal of mosaic faience, 1513

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Title: Isfahan: Harun-i-Vilaya, portal of mosaic faience, 1513
Author(s): Pope, Arthur Upham
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Mediaeval architecture;architecture;mosaics & inlays;book scan
Description: The most perfect example of early Safavid mosaic faience is perhaps found in the Harun-i-Vilaya, signed as the "work of the poor mason, Kusayn". The court façade and portal, all that remain of the original building, are distinguished by superlative colour, particularly the intense turquoise ground, and by the drawing of arabesques, spiral tendrils, and blossoms of grace and precision worthy of any manuscript. Nowhere is the dominant turquoise so pure and brilliant, even in the gem.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4330


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