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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1575
  • Geography

    Iznik, Turkey
  • Material

    Stone-paste body painted under glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 31.3 x 30 x 2.4 cm (12 5/16 x 11 13/16 x 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    The earthenware tile is square in shape, with a symmetrical floral design on a white background. The clay body is beige. Tile is decorated with an abstracted floral design, clearly intended as part of a larger repeat design. It is painted in vibrant greens, blues, black, and the characteristic "Turkish red" on a pure, white background. The central floral motif composed of lotus flowers, each enclosing a pomegranate and five floral stems. This is flanked by half sections of the same motif and linked by two pairs of saz leaves incorporating further floral design
  • Provenance

    From 1960s
    Private collector, Belgium, from the 1960s [1]
    To 2001
    Momtaz Islamic Art, London, to 2001
    From 2001
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Momtaz Islamic Art in 2001
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 3, Massumeh Farhad, December 4, 2001, in the object record.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Momtaz Islamic Art
  • Origin

    Iznik, Turkey
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Architectural Element
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