Syria, probably Damascus
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze; H. 22 in. (55.9 cm), W. 33 in. (83.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.185.13a–f)
The undulating stems on this tile seem to bear unnaturalistic floral blossoms. The design may well have been derived from bunches of grapes on a vine. Here, the grape leaf has become a palmette-shaped blossom with a tulip center, and the bunches of grapes a floral rosette. The undulating vine was also a favorite motif for textiles.