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Tile panel with inscription in thuluth script
Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira second half of the 10th century / AD second half of the 16th century
74.93 x 133.99 cm
From the time of the construction of the great mosque complex of Süleyman in Istanbul (AH 957–964 / AD 1550–1557) onward, Iznik epigraphic tiles increasingly came to grace Ottoman religious monuments. Stencils were used to transfer the designs of both epigraphic and pictorial tile compositions; however, this inscription seems not to have been conceived by one of the many professional calligraphers who flourished under the Ottomans. Rather it may be the work of a highly proficient amateur. The Arabic text, “This world is the sowing ground of the next [world]", appears to be an unsound hadith, probably a paraphrase of a verse from the Qur’an (al-Shura: 20).
"Tile panel with inscription in thuluth script" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;6;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 06