Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin, London, to 1998 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Axia Art Islamique et Byzantin in 1998
 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 152260), 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
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum