Description & Technical information

This hexagonal tile is painted in cobalt blue and turquoise under transparent glaze on a white ground. The surface of the tile is decorated with a large star. In the centre of the star there is a blue and turquoise rosette with protruding stems terminating in various flower heads. Two similar hexagonal blue and white tiles can be found in The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Accession Number 1019-1892, and The Louvre, Paris, carreau a l'etoile au motif fleuri rayonnant. This group of rare blue and white hexagonal tiles have been identifed from The Cinili Hamam in Istanbul. There is another similar hexagonal blue and white Iznik tile in Bilgi, Dance of Fire: Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in The Sadberk Hanim Museum and Ömer M. Koç Collections, Sadberk Hanim Museum, Istanbul, 2009, p. 90, fig. 24.

Date:  1540-45
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  Turkey
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: 25.5 x 22.5 cm (10 x 8⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art