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Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira c. 987–999 / AD c. 1580–90
28.6 x 30.5 x 1.6 cm
Toward the mid-10th/mid-16th century the colour scheme of Iznik wares expanded to include a brilliant red and a bright grass green. The magnificent tile with sumptuous flowers and lower border painted to imitate breccia marble probably comes from the royal living quarters at the Topkapı Sarayı Palace, Istanbul. Objects of this type, both tile revetment and vessels, demonstrate the great variety of ornament used by Iznik potters, including the ubiquitous tulip; lush, plump peonies and carnations; and spiky and scrolling leaves; as well as bold epigraphic ornament. They also help to illustrate the different stylistic phases of Iznik wares, which in turn reflect the evolution of Ottoman taste in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in a variety of media.
"Tile" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;9;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 09