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Falconer on Horseback Antique Persian Clay Art Tile

Antique item$175.00 Free USA ShippingThis beautiful antique polychrome tile from Persia (now Iran) was made in the 19th century, during the Qajar Dynasty (1794-1925). The hand painted scene, molded so it is raised in relief from the surface of the rough clay, depicts a falconer, mounted on his horse and assisted by his stable boy, with his falcon perched on his left arm, wings spread. There is a 1 1/2 inch wide band of floral designs 

along the top edge; imagine the lovely effect that dozens of these tiles would have side by side in a frieze on a wall or along a ceiling. The palette of colors used includes cobalt blue, soft green, mauve, and black that is diluted to a grey wash for the horse. It is nicely executed, unlike some of the cruder paintings on these tiles that we've seen. After the tile was molded and painted, an alkaline glaze was applied and fired, protecting the artwork and giving the tile its lustrous sheen. 

The tile measures 9 1/2 inches from top to bot…