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Tile

Date:
second half 15th century
Geography:
Spain
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Earthenware; molded, cobalt-painted on an opaque white glaze powdered with gold under a transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1894
Accession Number:
94.4.394
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
So extravagant was the Alhambra palace that even some floors bore expensive ceramic tile. This tile probably comes from the Alhambra’s Comares hall where fourteenth-century tiles were replaced in the late fifteenth century by new ones like this example, bearing similar designs but executed in cuerda seca. The tiles paving the hall today date to the sixteenth century.
Henry G. Marquand, New York (until 1894; gifted to MMA)
Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 222.



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