Set of five border tiles decorated with floral... - Lot 235 - Ader

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Set of five border tiles decorated with floral... - Lot 235 - Ader
Set of five border tiles decorated with floral stems and rosettes, Ottoman Empire, probably Turkey to Egypt, 17th century.
Rectangular in size, siliceous ceramic with painted decoration in cobalt blue and turquoise on white slip under transparent glaze, of a plant stem decorated with flowers in buds and serrated leaves, framed on either side by a star-shaped half-rosette, the borders underlined by a turquoise line.
12.5 x 25 cm (approx.)
One broken tile glued back.

- WILLIAMS, Caroline, Islamic Monuments in Cairo, A Practical Guide, Cairo: 1999, pp.87-88
- CONSERVATION PROJECT OF THE AQSUNQUR MOSQUE (BLUE MOSQUE) A project funded by the World Monuments Fund & the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, FINAL REPORT December 2012 / submitted March 2013


Similar tiles are found on the Qibla wall of the Aqsunqur Mosque in Cairo. Built in 1347 by Amir Aqsunqur, son-in-law of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad who ruled the Mamluk kingdom in the first half of the 14th century, it is better known as the Blue Mosque, a nickname inspired by the decoration of its qibla wall, which was entirely covered with cobalt- and turquoise-blue tiles during the 1652 restoration campaign of the mosque by the Ottoman Amir Ibrahim Agha Mustafazan. Following the style of Ottoman Iznik tiles, a manufacture in Istanbul, Damascus or even Ibrahim Agha's native village is most commonly suggested for the tiles in this set.

A group of five border tiles with floral stems and roses, Ottoman Empire, probably Turkey for Egypt, 17th century

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