Tile Panel

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

These tiles contain the dominant red sometimes called sealing-wax red because of its application in relief. Islamic potters had not achieved this clear, durable, underglaze red until the Iznik potters' discovery in the mid-sixteenth century. The color is actually derived from a slip of clay with a high iron content, which is held tightly to the ceramic surface by the thin even glaze. Tiles became the major product of Turkish kilns during the second half of the sixteenth century.

Tile Panel, Stonepaste; polychrome underglaze painted

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