Artist workshop of Ustad Mahammad Husayn, Islamic, Iranian
  • Tiled Niche
Date between 1848 and 1888
Medium Underglaze painted fritware
Dimensions Overall: 65 × 42 × 3 5/8 inches (165.1 × 106.7 × 9.2 cm)
Including base (mount): 68 1/4 × 44 1/2 × 4 3/8 inches (173.4 × 113 × 11.1 cm)
Overall (opening): 23 × 15 inches (58.4 × 38.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Wilson W. Mills
Accession Number 54.194
Department Islamic Art
On View Islamic N120, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, poem, top of lower panel: [translated: What happened in the heat of exchange at the bazaar Where everyone from anywhere was buying Egyptians I heard that from missing him The days all have become disturbed Someone very handsome came toward the bazaar It is enough that we should all be his purchaser.]

Inscribed: [translated: It was completed in the esteemed workshop, of the honorable work of ustadh (master) Muhammad Husayn, kashi-paz (tile maker/potter), in the year one thousand two...] [date incomplete]
acquired from the Qajar Shah of Iran, Nasr al-Din Shah in (Carlsbad, Germany);
1888, possibly aquired by Hazen S. Pingree (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
by 1919, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Sheman L. Depew [later Mrs. Wilson W. Mills];
1954-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA 1, no. 1 (1919): pp. 8-10, p. 9 (ill.) [as 13th century].

"Family Art Game: Celebrations," The Detroit Free Press (May 17, 1987): p. 28 (ill.) [DIA Advertising Supplement].

"Family Art Game: Visions and Rhythms," The Detroit Free Press (April 23, 1995): p. 10 (ill. detail) [DIA Advertising Supplement].