Tile Panel with Wavy-vine Design

Object Name: Tile panel

Date: 16th–17th century

Geography: Probably made in Syria, Damascus

Medium: Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

Dimensions: H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
W. 33 in. (83.8 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1922

Accession Number: 22.185.13a–f


This panel represents one of the ceramic tile workshops outside Iznik, in the Ottoman province of Syria. It is composed of six tiles, each almost a foot square in size and slightly larger than the standard size used at Iznik. It is designed with a repeating pattern of parallel undulating grapevines ornamented with distinctive dark-blue grape leaves, vine tendrils, and small bunches of grapes. Differences in the individual tiles suggest that the overall design may have been executed freehand over a large field of tiles, rather than each individual tile having been painted from the same paper template. Such variations, almost never found in Iznik production, are a common feature of Damascus tiles in the seventeenth century. Virtually identical tiles are found in the Darwishiyya Mosque in Damascus, erected in 1571.