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Unknown, potter, Syria, Damascus


fritware (stonepaste)


Islamic pottery; category
Iznik; category

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Border tile, part of tile panel (C.4-1928)


circa 1574 circa 1599




late 16th Century


fritware painted in four colours under a colourless glaze
fritware, mould made, painted in blue, green, turquoise and black under a colourless glaze.
Forms part of a panel comprising twenty three tiles. A large roughly square tile, which forms part of a 5th row, joins with larger tile (C.4F-1928) and also includes fragments (C.4V-1928, C.4W-1928, C.4U-1928, C.4T-1928, C.4L-1928 and C.4Q-1928). This tile probably formed the edge of the original panel.
Upper surface: the tiles on the lower four rows are all decorated with a similar pattern comprising festooned manderolas linked by sinuous stems, both outlined in black, bordered with turquoise and containing floral sprays reserved in blue with green or turquoise. The surrounding area is filed with vine leaves, bunches of grapes and flowers including tulips painted in blue or green with turquoise highlights. On the lower edge a palmette frieze in blue, green and turquoise with black outlines is painted.
Lower surface: undecorated except for splashes of glaze and areas of plaster


moulding; whole
painting underglaze; upper surface; in blue, green, turquoise, with black outlines
glazing (coating); upper surface; colourless


fritware; whole
pigment; upper surface; in blue, green, turquoise, with black outlines
glaze; upper surface; colourless


fritware, mould made, painted in blue, green, turquoise and black under a colourless glaze


height, whole, 24, cm
width, whole, 26.6, cm
depth, whole, 2.5, cm
weight, whole, 2430, g


given; 1928-06-04; The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Willaim Morris; Morris & Co.


Cf. single tile in British Museum collection, Registration number: 1895,0603.134.a:¤tPage=3 Ref. on Dawishiyya mosque (also known as Mosque of Darwish Pasha) see:;ISL;sy;Mon01;22;en Cf. images of near identical tile panel from the Mosque of Darwish Pasha see:

Acquisition Credit:

Given by The Friends of The Fitzwilliam Museum


, The Fitzwilliam Museum1929. Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Twentieth Annual Report, 1928.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. pp. 1, 3
Publ. Illustrated, p. 1 (8), ill. on p. 3 (8), top right

Atasoy, Nurhan. Raby, Julian. Petsopoulos, Yanni. 1989. Iznik : the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey.London: Alexandria Pressp. 121-128
Cf. grape designs on dishes that copy Ming blue and white, catalogue numbers 183-192. Ref. influence of Chinese designs

Porter, Venetia. 1995. Islamic Tiles.London: British Museum Pressp. 92-121
Ref. on Syrian and Turkish tiles

Leeuwen, Richard van. 1999. Waqfs and urban structures: the case of Ottoman Damascus.Leiden: Brill
Ref. on waqf architecture in Damascus (inc. Mosque of Darwish Pasha)

Maury, Charlotte. 2008. Iznik, Ottoman ceramics and tiles.Valencia: Bancaja Foundation
Source Title: Three Empires of Islam: Istanbul, Isfahan, Delhi. Masterpieces of the Louvre Collection(2008)
p. 200-329
Cf. Syrian decorated with festooned mandorlas catalogue number 117 (p. 319). Ref. on Syrian Iznik types

Kafescioǧlu, Çiǧdem. 1999. "In The Image of Rūm": Ottoman Architectural Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Aleppo and Damascus.Leiden: Brill
Source Title: Muqarnas 16 (1999) : 70-96
p. 70-96
Ref. on waqf architecture in Damascus and Aleppo (but not inc. Mosque of Darwish Pasha)

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Object Number: C.4E-1928
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 28893; input: 2001-05-18; modified: 2012-12-06)


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