Tile Panel

Object Name: Tile panel

Date: ca. 1430

Geography: Attributed to Syria, Damascus

Medium: Stonepaste; modeled, polychrome painted under transparent glaze

Dimensions: 45 x 45 in. (114.3 x 114.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Gift of Professor Maan Z. Madina and Dr. Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, 2009

Accession Number: 2009.59.2a–p


These tiles represent a ceramic type produced by the workshop of Ibn al-Ghaibi al‑Tawrizi, which operated out of Damascus in the early fifteenth century before relocating to Cairo. The panel is so similar in technique, composition, and style to one signed by Ghaibi and still extant in the funerary complex of Ghars al‑Din al‑Tawrizi (d. 1430) in Damascus that it probably came from that very building. The Museum holds more than a dozen sherds bearing the signature of this workshop, as well as a ceramic mosque lamp signed by the son of Ghaibi—evidence that Ghaybi's son continued in the trade.