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Mosque Lamp

Object Name:
Mosque lamp
17th century
Made in Syria
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm) Diam. 10 3/8 in. (26.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Ottoman program for replacing the seventh-century tiles on the exterior of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem revived the Syrian ceramics workshops. Afterwards, potters in Damascus continued to create tiles for Ottoman buildings throughout the region and in Istanbul. Although in Syria, potters adopted the floral motifs developed in the main Ottoman ceramics center of Iznik, the range of colors differ from those produced in Anatolia. In Syria, they were unable to produce the characteristic bole-red of Iznik wares, and relied instead on blue, turquoise, and bright green with touches of manganese purple, as seen in this mosque lamp here.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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