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Panel of six tiles

Iznik workshop1600/1699

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art
Athens, Greece

The panel depicts the holy sanctuary of the mosque at Mecca Within the compound the Ka'ba is shown in the centre among other sites such as the minbar, the well Zamzam and the structures of the different religious schools, all identified by their names. Such topographical works, with a votive or commemorative function, are typical of the Iznik workshops of the 17th century and follow analogous illustrations in manuscripts from the 16th century onwards. From Turkey, 17th c. H 73 cm X W 49 cm. Gift of Emmanuel Benakis from the collection of his son Alexander (ΓΕ_124)

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