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Tile

  • Place of origin:

    Damascus (made)

  • Date:

    16th century-17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware painted in colours over a white slip and covered with a clear glaze

  • Museum number:

    31B-1897

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case WN

Physical description

Border tile of earthenware painted in colours over a white slip and covered with a clear glaze. Decorated with fruits and flowers springing from wavy parallel stems. On each side is a border filled in with a pattern of interlacing arabesques on a dark blue ground.

Place of Origin

Damascus (made)

Date

16th century-17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware painted in colours over a white slip and covered with a clear glaze

Dimensions

Length: 27.3 cm, Width: 27.3 cm

Object history note

This object was sold to the Museum in late 1896, through the Istanbul art-dealers Kevork Ispenian and Antoin Brimo (410 Grand Rue de Pera), as part of a larger consignment of ceramics, metalwork and woodwork. Caspar Purdon Clarke (then Director of the Art Museum) conducted the purchase, and described Ispenian as "the leading dealer in Pera" (V&A Archives).

Descriptive line

Border tile of earthenware painted in colours over a white slip and covered with a clear glaze, Damascus, 16th century-17th century

Materials

Earthenware; Slip

Techniques

Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Arabesques; Fruit

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Middle East Section

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