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Name of Object:

Muqarnas decoration


Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira 9th century / AD 15th century

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Earthernware, cuerda seca technique


Height 34 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Turkey, Bursa


Developed in Iran, the cuerda seca technique was designed to produce multicoloured glazed tile decoration quickly, efficiently and cheaply. It was introduced to western Anatolia in the early 9th/15th century, probably by a group of Iranian master artists, whose work decorates an Ottoman royal mosque complex in Bursa. An important example of cuerda seca tilework, possibly from the same building complex, is this ceramic revetment moulded in the form of muqarnas (stalactite- or honeycomb-like elements used as decoration in Islamic architecture). It is painted in a typical colour scheme of dark blue, turquoise, white and yellow. Muqarnas elements such as this one were produced in modular units and later set into place on building façades.

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 "Muqarnas decoration" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;5;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 05


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