Description The potter who decorated this plate chose to depict an architectural interior- possibly a shrine- as if it were a flat façade, with domes over the building's three principle units. The central niche probably represents a "mihrab," orienting the building to Mecca. The large lamp, rendered here in blue, is typical of traditional lighting fixtures in mosques and other religious buildings. It hangs over a low, cross-shaped bookstand intended to hold a copy of the Qur'an. The lines of what look like Arabic writing above the stand are not legible and probably were meant to imitate Qur'anic verses.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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