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Unknown, potter, Syria, Damascus


fritware (stonepaste)


Islamic pottery; category
Iznik; category

Other Name:

Part of tile panel (C.4-1928)


circa 1574 circa 1599




late 16th Century


fritware painted in
fritware, mould made, painted in blue, turquoise, green and black under a colourless glaze.
Forms part of a panel comprising twenty three tiles. Border fragment cut from a larger tile. Abuts large tile C.4J-1928 and smaller section C.4R-1948 and forms part of the 2nd row of five tiles, comprising one other large (C.4D-1928) and another small section (C.4P-1928).
Upper surface: a palmette frieze is painted in blue, green and turquoise with black outlines that form the border section of the tile panel. The start of the pattern that occupies the rest of the panel, incorporating festooned manderolas linked by sinuous stems surrounded by flowers and grape vines, is just visible on the lower edge.
Lower surface: undecorated except for splashes of glaze and areas of plaster


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


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


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


height, whole, 7.3, cm
width, whole, 4.6, cm
depth, whole, 2.5, cm
weight, whole, 114, 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.4S-1928
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 28908; input: 2001-05-18; modified: 2012-12-06)


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