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Name of Object:

Tile panel with inscription in thuluth script


Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira second half of the 10th century / AD second half of the 16th century

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Fritware, underglaze-painted


74.93 x 133.99 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Turkey, Iznik


From the time of the construction of the great mosque complex of Süleyman in Istanbul (AH 957–964 / AD 1550–1557) onward, Iznik epigraphic tiles increasingly came to grace Ottoman religious monuments. Stencils were used to transfer the designs of both epigraphic and pictorial tile compositions; however, this inscription seems not to have been conceived by one of the many professional calligraphers who flourished under the Ottomans. Rather it may be the work of a highly proficient amateur. The Arabic text, “This world is the sowing ground of the next [world]", appears to be an unsound hadith, probably a paraphrase of a verse from the Qur’an (al-Shura: 20).

Citation of this web page:

 "Tile panel with inscription in thuluth script" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;6;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 06


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Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Ceramics


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