ca. 1420-1450 (made)


Length: 17.7 cm not measured

468-1897 MES

Tile, fritware, hexgonal, painted in black with a bird, turquoise-tinted glaze, Syria (Damascus), ca.1420-1450

Tile, fritware, hexagonal, painted in black with a strutting heron-like bird or stork surrounded by four swaying tendril-like leaves, covered with a pale green-turquoise-tinted glaze.

This Mamluk tilereflects the growing impact of two colour Chinese ceramics of the Yuan and Ming dynasties imported into the Middle East. It is painted in black on a white ground and then glazed; the glaze has been tinted with a turquoise pigment.. Although not typical, similar tiles survive in situ covering the walls in the mosque and tomb of the Mamluk digiatary Ghars al-Din Khalil al-Tawrizi (d. 1430) in Damascus, begun in 1423. They are sometimes interspersed with plain turquoise tiles. This examples shows a strong Islamic taste in the design.

Location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 27, shelf 8

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