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)
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 222.
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.