Panel of Tiles
Arts of the Islamic World
On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
Glazed ceramic tiles were one of the most popular forms of architectural decoration in the Middle East. This panel of tiles has religious subject matter: the Arabic inscriptions name Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and the four caliphs of the Sunni tradition. The decorative motifs make reference to Paradise, which in the Islamic tradition is described as a garden entered via a gateway with three arches.
Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and turquoise under a transparent glaze
28 x 28 x 1 in. (71.1 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm)
wallmount (overall with wall mount): 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (80 x 80 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
In Arabic, painted from top right-to-left: "الله محمد ابو بکر عمر " [God Muhammad Abu Bakr Umar]; from middle right-to-left, "العزة لله" [Glory to God]; from bottom right-to-left, “عثمان علي” [Uthman Ali].
Transcribed by Abdullah Ghouchani, with English translation by Caitlin McKenna.
Hagop Kevorkian Fund
Panel of Tiles, 17th century. Ceramic; fritware, painted in cobalt blue and turquoise under a transparent glaze, 28 x 28 x 1 in. (71.1 x 71.1 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 2002.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2002.3_PS9.jpg)
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