Tile

A work made of fritware, painted in blue, turquoise, green, purple, and black under a transparent glaze.
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  • A work made of fritware, painted in blue, turquoise, green, purple, and black under a transparent glaze.

Date:

Ottoman dynasty (1299–1923), 16th or 17th century

Artist:

Syria

About this artwork

This tile belongs to group of ceramics sometimes referred to as Damascus or Syrian ware that are closely related to Iznik ceramics. These wares were produced in Damascus in the mid-16th century when the Ottoman sultan, Suleyman the Magnificent, sent Iznik potters to repair and restore tilework at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. After refurbishing the tilework, these artisans settled in Damascus, where they continued to produce tiles and vessels. While similar in style to the tiles produced in Iznik, tiles made in Syria in the Ottoman period employ a different color palette to depict vegetal and geometric forms. Syrian ceramics did not use the crisp white ground and only rarely used the vibrant tomato red typical of Iznik ceramics. Instead, Syrian tilework tended toward a more muted color palette of natural greens and blues.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 50

Artist

Islamic

Title

Tile

Origin

Damascus

Date

1601–1700

Medium

Fritware, painted in blue, turquoise, green, purple, and black under a transparent glaze

Dimensions

26.9 × 27 × 20cm (10 9/16 × 10 11/16 × 7 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Logan-Patten-Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1925.529

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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