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Tile with interlocking half-palmettes and rosettes

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Tile with interlocking half-palmettes and rosettes, c. 1560
Alternate Title: Square Tile from the Mosque of Rystem Pasha in Istanbul. Interlocking Arabesques in Dark and Light Blue, with Highlights of Red
Architectural Element
Ottoman
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16th century
Ottoman Empire, AH 680-1342 / AD 1281-1924
Creation Place: Iznik, Turkey
Fritware
H: 0.7 x W: 20.7 x Depth: 1.8 cm (8 1/8 x 8 1/8 x 11/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
, 1985.323
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art
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Commentary
Label text from exhibition “Re-View,” an overview of objects drawn from the collections of Harvard Art Museums, 26 April 2008 – 1 July 2013; label text written by Mary McWilliams, Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art:

Four Tiles with Arabesque Design
Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman dynasty, c. 1560
Fritware with painting under glaze
Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet, 1960.23A–C; The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museum, 1985.323

The swirling energy of this arabesque disguises the simple geometry of its composition. Four foliate vines spin outward from each rosette to terminate by intersecting with vines from adjacent rosettes. Tiles with the same pattern deco¬rate the back wall of the mosque of Rüstem Pasa in Istanbul, which was completed in 1561.
Bibliography
Edwin Binney III, Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd: 1981 Supplement to the 1979 catalogue, exh. cat., San Diego Museum of Art (San Diego, CA, 1981)

Exhibition History
The Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1987 - 08/02/1987
A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1999 - 01/02/2000
Re-View: Arts of India & the Islamic Lands, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/2008 - 06/01/2013