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Tile with Floral and Cloud-band Design

Object Name:
Tile
Date:
ca. 1578
Geography:
Turkey, Iznik
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm) W. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm) D. 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Tiles
Credit Line:
Gift of William B. Osgood Field, 1902
Accession Number:
02.5.91
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
Restorations to Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace after 1574 resulted in major commissions for ceramic tiles. Designed in the imperial workshop in Istanbul, these tiles were executed at the famous kilns of Iznik. This example, when aligned with others of its type, forms a pattern of four floral palmettes, interspersed with red, ribbonlike cloud bands. Many of these tiles remain in situ, having adorned the walls of the Ottoman palace for more than four centuries.
W. B. Osgood Field, New York (until 1902; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 140, ill. (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 218A, pp. 3, 309, ill. p. 309 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 134-135, ill. pl. 26 (color).



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