Tile painted in hatayi style with saz design

Tile painted in hatayi style with saz design

Artist Shah Kulu (?)

Date ca. 1525-50

Movement Islamic

Medium Cobalt and turquoise underglaze painting on composite fritware body covered with white slip

Dimensions 50 x 19″

Housed at Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul

 

This piece was possibly produced by the head of the “house of design” himself. Influenced by themes from China, this style was quickly popularized and incorporated into ceramic wares, manuscript illustrations, carpets and silk textiles. Complex floral designs, connected by vines, interlace with one another; animal figures are often included, as they are here.