Safavid Revival Style Persian Tile
A Persian tile. Made in a Safavid revival style with an image of a Prince on horseback dating to the second half of the 19th century and most likely produced in Tehran, the Qajar capital.
This type of painted tile adorned the walls of buildings, a custom that developed significantly under the Qajar dynasty that governed Iran from 1779 to 1925.
Falconry, still widely practiced today, was already widespread in the Middle East in the seventh century B.C. Typical of nomadic populations, it originated from the plateau of the Asian steppes and, via ancient Persia, spread throughout the West up to Arabia.
It seems that continuous friezes of rectangular underglaze-painted tiles, such as this example, were common in nineteenth-century architecture. These Qajar tiles were made with stonepaste; molded, polychrome painted under transparent glaze. Many thanks to scholar Ali Gibran Siddiqui for his comment and his sharing of a link to a similar Qajar Dynasty tile.