Built during the 15th century for the Tunisian saint, Sidi Kacem, the mausoleum was recently transformed into a museum of ceramics. The site consists of an entrance vestibule displaying a ceramic workshop and a patio surrounded by several rooms, including a funerary space. The galleries of the courtyard and the cells have been repurposed into exhibition spaces for ceramic objects. This collection traces the different historical periods of Islamic Tunisia as well as including some objects of Persian origin.
Ceramic objects dating back to the Aghlabid period (800-909 CE) are recognizable by their use of metallic glazes, archaic Kufic writing as well as figurative drawings stylised as decorative elements. The objects dating to the Fatimid period (909–1171 CE) are illustrated with figurative animal scenes upon a blue and white background. Hafsid ceramics (1229–1574 CE) are distinguished by their abandonment of figurative imagery in favour of geometric patterns mixed with floral decorations usually dominated by the use of cobalt blue and manganese brown. In addition to these objects, there are ceramic tiles dating back to the Ottoman era within Tunisia (1574–1705 CE) adorned with stylistic uses of flower bouquets.
Musée de Sidi Kacem Al-Jalizi
rue du 9 Avril
T +216 71 321452
F +216 71 562452
Conservatrice et Responsable de la collection
Radhia Ben M’barek