Border Tile with Split-Palmette Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

Within the tilework decoration of the Ottoman capital, tomato‑red tiles such as this one were laid end to end, creating a meandering vine‑scroll border for walls covered with field tiles, like the nearby floral and cloud-band example.

Border Tile with Split-Palmette Design, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

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