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Tile panel

Tile panel

  • Place of origin:

    Iznik, Turkey (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1570-1575 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Museum number:

    1889:1 to 16-1897

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, room 42, case WN5, shelf EXP

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Historians think panels of this type come from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, north of Istanbul. They were probably placed over the large windows in the prayer hall. The design is self-contained. A cloud band in red extends across the whole of the main field, intertwined with scrollwork set with leaves and rosettes.

The tiles were produced at the Iznik potteries near Istanbul. The imperial court renewed its patronage of Iznik ceramics during the construction of the Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul in 1550 to 1557. The first Iznik tiles were produced, and potters added a bright red to the range of colours painted under the glaze. This was achieved with a slip made from a special clay.

In the following decades, tiles of high quality were decorated in red, green and tones of blue on a white ground. Dishes, bottles and other vessels had similar decoration on white or coloured grounds.

Physical description

Spandrel-shaped panel of tiles with prominent red cloud-bands snaking around blue flowers.

Place of Origin

Iznik, Turkey (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1570-1575 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

Dimensions

Width: 149 cm

Descriptive line

Lunette panel, Turkey (Iznik), 1570-75.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Arthur Lane, A Guide to the Collection of Tiles, London, 1960, 21.

Labels and date

TILE PANEL
Fritware with polychrome underglaze painting
TURKEY (made at Iznik) about 1570
This panel and other like it are reported to have come from the Piyale Pasha, the Ottoman Grand Admiral, in 1573. [Used until 11/2003]
Lunette Panel
Turkey, probably Iznik
1570-5

Panels of this type are thought to be from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, north of Istanbul. They were probably placed over the large windows in the prayer hall. The design is self-contained. A cloud band in red extends across the whole of the main field, intertwined with scrollwork set with leaves and rosettes.

Fritware painted under the glaze

Museum no. 1889-1897 [Jameel Gallery]

Production Note

Believed to have come from the mosque of Piyale Pasha, the Ottoman Grand Admiral (built 1573-74).

Materials

Fritware

Techniques

Underglazing

Categories

Islam; Ceramics; Tiles

Collection code

MES

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