Ersari–Beshir prayer rug, early 19th century


61 x 31 7/8 in. (155 x 81 cm)

Gift of Banoo and Jeevak Parpia


Shiva Ahmadi

Born 1975 in Iran; lives and works in the United States

Untitled 12, from the series Throne, 2012

Watercolor, ink, and acrylic on Aquabord

17 x 11 1/2 in.

Acquired through the Jarett F. and Younghee Kim-Wait Fund for Contemporary Islamic and Middle Eastern Arts


Courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery


Iran square gold plaque deer repousseé


Square plaque with deer in repoussé, ca. 5th century BC


1 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (3.81 x 4.45 cm)

Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation

2014.024.003 a 

Iran spouted vessel ceramic


Spouted vessel with handle and painted decoration, 800–600 BC

Ceramic: buff body with a burnished surface and red paint

Overall (including spout): 8 7/16 x 12 5/8 in. (21.5 × 32 cm) 

Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


Iran Kashan star tile

Iran, Ilkhanid period, Kashan 

Star-shaped tile with designs of figures and poetry, 11th–13th century

Earthenware with underglaze blue and overlustre decoration 

8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (21 × 21 cm) 

Acquired through the generosity of Judith Stoikov, Class of 1963