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Border Tile with Plum Tree in Blossom

ca. 1575

The mid-16th century marked the beginning of the great decorative programmes in Iznik ceramics. Designed to beautify the interiors of mosques, palaces, mausoleums and sometimes even boats, these tiles are decorated with organic elements that unfurl in geometrical progression. Older forms like the hexagon gave way to the square, making it possible to develop one pattern over a number of tiles.

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

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

Title: Border Tile with Plum Tree in Blossom
Geography: Iznik, Turkey
Date: ca. 1575
Medium: siliceous ceramic, underglaze painting over a slip coating
Classification: architectural element
Dimensions: 26.1 x 25.3 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2012.074
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