Tile Panel Depicting the Gateway to Paradise

Syrian
Ottoman
about 1600


Object Place: Syria

Dimensions

Overall: 67 x 70.2 x 4.1 cm (26 3/8 x 27 5/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

90.162

Medium or Technique

Fritware with polychrome decoration under transparent glaze Composite body (quartz, clay and glaze frit).

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics

Nine-tile panel depicting a three-arched gateway. The trees under the left and right arches include cypresses and date palms. Above Arabic inscriptions read: “Allah,” “Muhammad,” and the names of the first four caliphs.

Inscription

The inscription under the central arch declares, "Glory to God," and, at top and bottom, names God, the Prophet Muhammad, and the first four caliphs: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali.

Provenance

1876, purchased at the Centennial Exposition (Egypt Exhibit), Philadelphia, by Mrs. Samuel D. (Susan Cornelia Clark) Warren (b. 1825 - d. 1901), Boston; 1890, gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 4, 1890)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Samuel D. Warren