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Tile Panel with Wavy-vine Design

Object Name:
Tile panel
Date:
16th–17th century
Geography:
Syria, Damascus
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 22 in. (55.9 cm) W. 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.185.13a–f
  • Description

    This panel represents one of the ceramic tile workshops outside Iznik, in the Ottoman province of Syria. It is composed of six tiles, each almost a foot square in size and slightly larger than the standard size used at Iznik. It is designed with a repeating pattern of parallel undulating grapevines ornamented with distinctive dark-blue grape leaves, vine tendrils, and small bunches of grapes. Differences in the individual tiles suggest that the overall design may have been executed freehand over a large field of tiles, rather than each individual tile having been painted from the same paper template. Such variations, almost never found in Iznik production, are a common feature of Damascus tiles in the seventeenth century. Virtually identical tiles are found in the Darwishiyya Mosque in Damascus, erected in 1571.

  • Provenance

    Lockwood de Forest (American, New York 1850–1932 Santa Barbara, California), New York and Santa Barbara (until 1922; his sale,American Art Association, November 24–25, 1922, lot 443; to MMA)

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