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Square tile with a geometric pattern of split-leaf arabesques issuing from a central rosette

Unidentified Artistc. 1560

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums

During the second half of the sixteenth century, a great profusion of colors and motifs begins to appear in the Iznik tiles. This tile, 9 1/2 inches square, features the traditional blue and turquoise on a white slip, but a bright orange has been added. The rumi pattern spirals from one square to another and the glaze is thick, forming little mounds on the white slip. Since these tiles are identical in pattern to those framing the doorway of the famous Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul (built by the architect Sinan in 1560) we may assume that they date from this period and may even have formed part of a consignment of tiles for the building.

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  • Title: Square tile with a geometric pattern of split-leaf arabesques issuing from a central rosette
  • Creator: Unidentified Artist
  • Date: c. 1560
  • Technique: Underglazed
  • Physical Dimensions: w24.5 x h24.5 x d1.8 cm
  • Period: Ottoman period
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
  • Creation Place: Iznik/Turkey/Middle East
  • Type: Architectural Elements
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Fritware

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