Tile With Interlocking Half-Palmettes And Rosettes
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.323
Title
Tile with interlocking half-palmettes and rosettes
Classification
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
Date
c. 1560
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey, Iznik
Period
Ottoman period
Culture
Turkish
Location
Level 2, Room 2550, Art from Islamic Lands
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Fritware
Technique
Underglazed, painted
Dimensions
H: 0.7 x W: 20.7 x Depth: 1.8 cm (8 1/8 x 8 1/8 x 11/16 in.)
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
Accession Year
1985
Object Number
1985.323
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
During the second half of the sixteenth century, a great profusion of colors and motifs begins to appear in the Iznik tiles. This tile, 9 1/2 inches square, features the traditional blue and turquoise on a white slip, but a bright orange has been added. The rumi pattern spirals from one square to another and the glaze is thick, forming little mounds on the white slip. Since these tiles are identical in pattern to those framing the doorway of the famous Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul (built by the architect Sinan in 1560) we may assume that they date from this period and may even have formed part of a consignment of tiles for the building.
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 decorate the back wall of the mosque of Rüstem Pasa in Istanbul, which was completed in 1561.

Label Text: A Garden of Art: Masterpieces of Islamic and Indian Art 8th - 18th c., written 1985

Label Text: The Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums, written 1987
Tile from the Mosque of Rüstam Pasha
Turkey, Ottoman, Iznik, ca.1561
Underglaze polychrome painted ceramic
The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums
1985.323

Label Text: A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, written 1999
1. Tile with Interlocking Half-Palmettes and Rosettes
Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman period , c. 1561
Fritware with underglaze-painted decoration
The Edwin Binney, 3rd, Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums
1985.323

Label Text: Objects from the Islamic World, written 1986
Tile
From the Rüstem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul
Turkey, Ottoman, Iznik
ca.1561
Glazed ceramic
The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museums 1985.323

Publication History

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

Verification Level

2 - Adequate. Object is adequately described but information may not be vetted