Historical period(s)
Ottoman period, ca. 1525-50
Stone-paste painted under glaze
H x W x D: 27.8 x 24.4 x 2.8 cm (10 15/16 x 9 5/8 x 1 1/8 in)
Turkey, Iznik
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Architectural Element, Ceramic


flower, Ottoman period (1307 - 1922), Turkey, WWII-era provenance

To 1998
Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin, London, to 1998 [1]

From 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin in 1998


[1] According to the seller, the previous owner purchased this object at a public auction in the UK (see Curatorial Note 3 in the object record). See also invoice from Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin


During the early sixteenth century, Iznik ceramic production focused primarily on vessels. With the accession of the Ottoman ruler Sultan Sulayman (reigned 1522–60), and his ambitious building projects throughout the empire, demand for Iznik tiles grew and rivaled that for ceramic objects. The elegant design of this blue-and-white tile, combining full lotus flowers, broken stems, and serrated leaves, finds many parallels in contemporary ink drawings, textiles, and manuscript illumination. By drawing on a distinct body of designs and skillfully adapting these to different media, sixteenth-century Ottoman artists lend their work a recognizable visual unity and artistic identity.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
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