About this artwork
This tile featuring a central grape motif amid floral and vegetal sprays belongs to group of ceramics known as Damascus or Syrian ware, which are closely related to Iznik ceramics. These wares were produced in Damascus in the mid-16th century after 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. The objects produced bear a superficial resemblance to Iznik wares, particularly in color scheme. However, they do not use the tomato red so typical of Iznik pottery, and they introduced the use of grass-green purple.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Asia
- Turkey (Artist's nationality)
- Fritware painted in blue, turquoise, green, purple, and black under a transparent glaze
- 26.2 × 25.7 × 2.2 cm (10 5/16 × 10 1/8 × 7/8 in.)
- Edward G.Uihlein Fund