Panel of Tiles
This tile panel recalls the garden-like setting of heaven described in the Qur’an. It depicts a triple-arched gateway—the gate to paradise—date palms, cypresses, mosque lamps, and a vase filled with carnations. The panel is inscribed with the names of God (Allah), the prophet Muhammad, and the four rashiddun, or “rightly guided” caliphs (leaders), of the Sunni Muslim historical tradition—Abu Bakr, cUmar, cUthman, and cAli. The inscription in the center reads, “Glory to God.” Panels like this were most likely intended for the adornment of mosques or private residences.
- Medium: Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and turquoise under a transparent glaze
- Place Made: Damascus, Middle East, Syria
- Dates: 17th century
- Dynasty: Ottoman
- Period: Ottoman
- Dimensions: 28 x 28 x 1 in. (71.1 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm) wallmount (overall with wall mount): 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (80 x 80 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: In Arabic, painted from top right-to-left: [God Muhammad Abu Bakr Umar]; from middle right-to-left, [Glory to God]; from bottom right-to-left, [Uthman Ali]. Text read by Abdullah Ghouchani, with English translation by Caitlin McKenna. See Rich Text window for Arabic text.
- Collections:Arts of the Islamic World
- Museum Location: This item is on view in North Gallery
- Accession Number: 2002.3
- Credit Line: Hagop Kevorkian Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Panel of Tiles, 17th century. Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and turquoise under a transparent glaze, 28 x 28 x 1 in. (71.1 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 2002.3. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)