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Panel with Lotus Flowers and Leaves in the Saz Style

ca. 1575-1580

The interwoven plant decoration is made up of a central flower in cross-section, based on the lotus, and long serrated leaves from which blossoming branches emerge in spirals. It is characteristic of the Saz style developed around 1530 in the Ottoman imperial workshops. The half-flowers abutting the frame on the four sides suggest endless prolongation, echoing the primary meaning of the Turkish word "saz" as an imaginary forest inhabited by wondrous creatures and animals.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artwork Details

Title: Panel with Lotus Flowers and Leaves in the Saz Style

Geography: Iznik, Turkey
Date: ca. 1575-1580

Medium: siliceous ceramic, underglaze painting over a slip coating

Classification: architectural element
Dimensions: 38 x 61 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2012.078
Contact for images: [email protected]

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