Tile Lunette

Ottoman
Ottoman period
about 1573


Object Place: Iznik, Turkey

Dimensions

Overall: 70.2 x 141.4 x 9.2 cm (27 5/8 x 55 11/16 x 3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

06.2437

Medium or Technique

Fritware with polychrome decoration under transparent glaze

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics

Tile lunette possibly from the palace or mosque of Piyale Pasha, an Ottoman admiral. Composed of sixteen tiles, decorated in blue, green, and raised red, in a repertory of cloudbands and fantastic plant forms–lotus flowers, bent stems, and jagged leaves–collectively known as “saz” (“enchanted forest”).

Provenance

Martin Brimmer (b. 1829 - d. 1896), Boston; 1896, bequeathed to his widow, Mary Ann Timmens Brimmer (b. 1827 - d. 1906), Boston; 1906, bequeathed by Mrs. Martin Brimmer to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 8, 1906)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer