V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Iranian traditions

This tile is from the same palace as the one with the dragon, but the motif is Iranian. Because the first Ilkhanid rulers were not Muslim they could not use Islam to justify their power. They therefore relied on the much older tradition of royal rule enshrined in the Iranian national epic, The Book of Kings. This tile shows an episode from The Book of Kings in which King Bahram Gur goes hunting with his favourite slave girl.

Lustre tile
Iran, from Takht-i Sulayman
1270-80
Museum No. 1841-1876