Syria, Raqqa, Ayyubid art, 13th century
Long siliceous ceramic frieze with molded decoration covered with turquoise monochrome glaze, decorated with three tri-lobed fleurons in palmettes. Condition: several restored fractures, repaints and iridescence.
H. : 17,5 cm ; W. : 60 cm ; D : 4,5 cm
There are very few tiles from the Ayyubid period and this frieze with fleurons is a rare example. The three-lobed fleuron motif is found on some dishes from Tell Minis in Syria, whether they are monochrome, incised or lustre decorated. See for example the article by Venetia Porter and Oliver Watson, "Tell Minis wares", in: Syria and Iran.Three Studies in Medieval Ceramics, Oxford Studies in Islamic Art (OSIA), IV, pp. 175-248 and more particularly the dishes with metallic lustre painted decoration, cat. A39, A40 and A52, pp. 230-31, or a dish with incised decoration, cat. B9 p. 238. Expert L.S.