‘Muhammad, the year …. 60’
This tile relates to a known series of tiles which originally belonged to a now lost Timurid monument. Two tiles, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. C.26A-1983), and one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no 30.95.26) indicate the name of the patron as Sultan Abu Sa'id, with the date 860 AH/1455 AD (Oliver Watson, Persian Lustre Ware, London, 1985, pp.159-160, nos. 129 and 130). The building foundation tile also includes the name of the calligrapher, Nusrat al-Din Muhammad. Each of these tiles is characterised by their sketchy foliate backgrounds, and the quality of the raised blue inscription.