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Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage…


Iznik Pottery (16th Century)

This Turkish dish is one of the finest examples of Iznik ceramics anywhere. Painted with a masterful flourish, both delicate and striking, it features one of the earliest known combinations of flora and…

Chinese "swatow" dish.

Chinese ‘swatow’ dish

Coarsely potted and covered with a thick, crackled glaze, this dish belongs to a distinct group of porcelain, the so-called ‘Swatow wares’. Swatow is a Dutch mistranslation of Shantou, the port from which…


Earthenware, Ceramics and Tiles at the Smithsonian Museum

A collection of Earthenware (stone paste, clay, glazed), Ceramics and Tiles at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Bowl | Origin: Iran | Period: 10th century Samanid period…


Ceramic Vessel Collection at LACMA

A collection of over 230 ceramic objects (vessels) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Vessel Greater Iran (Afghanistan) Vessel, 6th-8th century Ceramic; Vessel, Ceramic, Height: 6 5/16 in. (16 cm);…


Ceramic Tiles Collection at LACMA.

Tiles | Origin: Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman | Period: last quarter of the 16th century | Collection: The Phil Berg Collection (M.71.73.37a-b) | Type: Ceramic; Architectural element, Fritware, underglaze painted in red, blue, green…

Dish with stylized vegetal decoration. Iran, Kirman (?), second half of the 17th century Stonepaste, underglaze painted and colored slip decoration H. 8.2 cm; Max. Diam. 47 cm; Base Diam. 27 cm.

Safavid Ceramics and Tiles

The complex history of Safavid ceramics is due in part to the geographical position of Persia, placed as it was between the Ottoman Empire, the lands of Uzbek rulers, the Mughal empire and…

Peacock dish

Iznik and Ottoman Ceramics

In the latter half of the fifteenth century, following the Fall of Constantinople and the establishment of the Ottoman Court in the former capital of the Byzantine Empire, many areas of artistic production…

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