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A DAMASCUS POTTERY INSCRIPTION TILE PANEL
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A DAMASCUS POTTERY INSCRIPTION TILE PANEL

SYRIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY

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A DAMASCUS POTTERY INSCRIPTION TILE PANEL
SYRIA, FIRST HALF 17TH CENTURY
Comprising four tiles, together forming the professions of faith in thuluth outlined in black and left in reserve against a blue ground,. occasional details in green, the green spandrels with arabesques, in a border of interlocking arabesques, one tile with old break, edges chipped
Overall 13 x 53¼in. (33 x 135cm.) (4)
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Lot Essay

A slightly earlier and very beautifully executed version of the right hand tile of this panel, attributed without much apparent justification to Mamluk 15th century Cairo, was formerly in the Edwin Binney Collection (Turkish Treasures from the collection of Edwin Binney 3rd, 1981 supplement to the 1979 catalogue, San Diego, 1981, ceramic 1A, pp.18-19). Two very similar calligraphic tile panels with almost identical inscriptions are in the Great Mosque, Damascus (Carswell, John: "Some Fifteenth-century Hexagonal Tiles from the Near East", Victoria and Albert Museum Yearbook No.3, London, 1972, pl.14b, p.72).
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