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Suleymaniye Mosque: Ceramic Ornament from Suleymaniye Mosque

Ceramic Ornament from Suleymaniye Mosque

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Museum label: "This dramatic object was made for the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, completed in 1557. Its shape is based on a metal lamp. The upper section bears part of the Light Verse from the Qur'an. The middle section is equipped with suspension handles and large, decorative bosses. It is the earliest example of Iznik pottery with under-glaze decoration in red, a difficult colour to produce. The potters were still experimenting when they made the 'lamp.' The red is quite orange and unevenly applied."