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Hexagonal Tile

Arts of the Islamic World

In the fifteenth century the Timurid and Turkman potters of Iran and the Ottoman potters of Turkey and Syria once again looked to Chinese ceramics for inspiration. This came in the form of floral decoration in underglaze blue on a white ground, the legacy of the famous "Blue-and-White" wares of Yuan and Ming China. As always, the Islamic potters adapted the motifs of the Chinese originals to their own distinct purposes.

MEDIUM Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue, turquoise, and manganese purple under a transparent glaze
  • Place Made: Damascus, Syria
  • DATES mid 15th century
    DYNASTY Ottoman Empire
    PERIOD Ottoman
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/4 x 13/16 x 6 3/4 in. (17.1 x 2 x 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.176
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
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    CAPTION Hexagonal Tile, mid 15th century. Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue, turquoise, and manganese purple under a transparent glaze, 6 3/4 x 13/16 x 6 3/4 in. (17.1 x 2 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 07.176. Creative Commons-BY
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