Mamluk tile, underglaze painting

Material Information

Mamluk tile, underglaze painting
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Place of Publication:
Damascus, Syria
Publication Date:
Tile ( medium )
H18.3 x W16 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Islamic tiles ( lcsh )
Mamelukes ( lcsh )
Tiles ( lcsh )
Art, Mameluk ( lcsh )
Mameluk tiles
بلاط (مادة بناء)
البلاط الإسلامية
کاشی اسلامی
آسيا -- سوريا -- دمشق -- دمشق
Asya -- Suriye -- Åžam -- Åžam
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Syria -- Dimashq -- Damascus
33.5102 x 36.29128


These Mamluk tiles reflect the growing impact of Chinese ceramics, most evident in the colour scheme mimicking Chinese blue-and-white ceramics of the Yuan and Ming dynasties. -- The tile above has, around a seventeen-petalled flower, a floral scroll with buds and leaves completing the design. The buds at the corners of the hexagon give a sense of symmetry. -- That below has a central ewer, flanked by floral sprays which differ in design and type of vegetation. -- These hexagonal tiles were painted with cobalt blue on a white background before being glazed. A turquoise border is also visible outside the paired black line running around the edges of the tiles. The smearing of the cobalt blue is a characteristic feature resulting from the firing process (Text by Mehreen Razvi, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 71

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
1969.19. ( pdf item number )