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Mihrab (Prayer Niche). Iran, 14th Century.

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This prayer niche, or mihrab, was originally set into the qibla wall of a theological school in Isfahan, now known as the Madrasa Imami, built just after the collapse of the Ilkhanid dynasty. The mihrab was created by joining a myriad of cut glazed tiles to produce its intricate arabesque and calligraphic designs. The result is one of the earliest and finest examples of mosaic tilework. 


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund (39.20) / (CC0 1.0)

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