About the object
The design on the tile depicts a horseman, presumably a prince with a large bird above his head. In the second half of the 19th century, tiles of this kind featuring genre scenes adorned the walls of rooms and courtyards of the Qajar elite who were of Turkic origin.
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The courtly or mythological motifs are based on the pre-Qajar miniature and glaze painting and literary motifs from the Sassanid period in Persia. Production centres were the capital Tehran, as well as Isfahan and Shiraz. The depicted horseman is presumably a prince riding through a paradisiacal landscape. A large bird with long, fanning tail feathers hovering above him: in ancient Persian mythology huma or homa, the bird of good fortune, blessings and joy that only casts its shadow on people of royal descent. The painted decoration comprises shades of blue, white, green, turquoise, pink and brown on a blue background and has been applied using the underglaze painting technique.