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Lot 159

A turquoise and cobalt glazed cuerda seca pottery tile fragment, Western Iran, 13th...

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Lot 159

A turquoise and cobalt glazed cuerda seca pottery tile fragment, Western Iran, 13th...

Price Realised: £650

Estimate: £600 - £1,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 159


A turquoise and cobalt glazed cuerda seca pottery tile fragment, Western Iran, 13th century, excavated at Takht-i-Suleyman, with late 19th century label to reverse "Dug by Theodore Bent from under putrified water at Takht-i Suleyman, Kourdistan, 1889", in wood frame, tile 35 x 18cm.


James Theodore Bent (1852 1897) was an English explorer, archaeologist, and author. The majority of Bent's collections (hundreds of artefacts but relatively few on display) is to be found in the British Museum, London. Smaller collections are kept at: The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK; The Victorian and Albert Museum, London, UK; Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, London, UK; The Natural History Museum, London, UK; Sulgrave Manor, Banbury, UK; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK. Overseas: The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; The Archaeological Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; The South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; The Great Zimbabwe Museum, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Some manuscripts are archived at The Royal Geographical Society, London, UK; The Hellenic and Roman Library, Senate House, London, UK; The British Library, London, UK.

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