Fritware mosque lamp, painted in blue and turquoise under a transparent glaze
Turkey, Iznik; 3rd quarter of 16th century
H: 35; Diam: 27 cm
The shape reflects that of glass mosque lamps with enamel decoration made in Egypt and Syria in the 13th-14th century. In contrast to those transparent lamps, this one was not intended to give light, and its irregularly placed handles on the sides cannot have been used to hang it. The lamp was a decorative piece for a religious building, where it was placed in a niche or against a wall. The decoration consists of quite delicate tendrils holding disproportionately large flowers and elegantly curved saz leaves.
This form of decoration was developed in the court workshops in Istanbul in the 1530s-1540s and was soon used on many different types of materials.
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