TILE FRIEZE - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Ceramic, Mosaic

Object name
Tile Frieze

Geography
Turkey

Period
Ottoman, circa 1500 CE

Dynasty
Ottoman

Materials and technique
Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted

Dimensions
15.5 x 75 cm

Accession number
AKM00698

Description

The growth of the ceramic industry in Iznik played a significant role in the codification of a distinctly Ottoman court aesthetic and ceramic technique. Small square tiles produced in Iznik were transported to Istanbul to decorate numerous palaces and mosques in brilliant colours of blue, white, turquoise, green, and an astounding relief red. This frieze, formed from three separate tiles, might once have decorated part of a mosque. Its inscription, written in Arabic in a graceful naskh script, comes from the twelfth chapter of the Qur’an, and reads: “Allah is the best guardian and He is the most merciful of the merciful.”

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60 pieces found

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