Description Inscribed with verses from the Qur’an, these tile panels once decorated a great architectural monument of the Ottoman Empire. İznik, a town located in northwestern Turkey, was a major center for quality ceramics that reached a high point of production during the 16th century, when these panels were made. The verses from the Qur’an on these tiles are not complete due to the fragmentary nature of the objects. They are therefore displayed with gaps indicating breaks in the text. The first four panels are from chapter two, verse 257, which refers to Allah as a guardian of believers, bringing them out of the darkness and into the light. The fifth and sixth panels are from chapter three, verse 26. This latter verse speaks of Allah being the beholder of the Kingdom, which is bestowed upon the devout. The final panel, containing only a few letter forms, is unidentified.
|7/29/1974||Treatment||mounted; loss compensation|
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] From Sura al-Baqara: chapter 2, verse 257: From the depths of darkness He will lead them forth into light; [Translation] From Sura al-Ali-i Imran: chapter 3, verse 26: Thou givest the kingdom to whomever thou pleasest
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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