Wall tile with dragon, Iran

Wall tile with dragon, Iran

Wall tile with dragon
Iran, probably Takht-i Sulayman
1270-5
Moulded fritware, with decoration painted into and lustre over the glaze
Museum no. C.1970-1910
George Salting Bequest

The Mongols took control of Iran in 1256-8 and established the Ilkhanid dynasty. They brought with them Chinese imperial symbols such as the phoenix and the dragon, which became popular motifs.

This example was made for the summer palace of Takht-i Sulayman in north-west Iran, which was constructed in the 1270s. The piece would have formed part of a tilework dado, combined with cross-shaped tiles.