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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Octagonal tile panel with split-palmettes, compound flowers, and leaves
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
c. 1560-1570
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey, Iznik
Ottoman period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Underglaze painted composite body
Underglazed, painted
39.69 cm (15 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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This very large tile shows certain modifications in color which suggest a date around 1600. The tomato red is darker, and the dark blue drawing in the leaves begins to predominate over the areas of light blue glaze. Lines, rather than masses of color, delineate the various forms. This tile was probably not a wall ornament, it's shape prohibited its use with similar tiles in a continuous pattern, while the border emphasizes the individual tile. It may have formed part of a table ornament of some sort, or indeed may have constituted the top of a small table.
Exhibition History

Islamic Art: Drawings, Calligraphies and Objects, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/29/1983 - 09/25/1983

Pride of the Village: Rugs and Kilims of Turkey, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/1988 - 10/09/1988

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Arabesque, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/01/1990 - 03/24/1991

Woven, Hammered, and Thrown: Textiles and Objects from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/22/1991 - 08/18/1991

Pattern and Purpose. Decorative Arts of Islam., Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/19/1994 - 07/03/1994

A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1999 - 01/02/2000

The Enlightened Eye: Gifts from John Goelet, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/12/2000 - 05/07/2000

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