Hexagonal Tile Ensemble with Sphinx

Object Name: Tile panel

Date: ca. 1160s–70s

Geography: Turkey, Konya

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Stonepaste; over- and underglaze-painted, gilded

Dimensions: H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Tiles

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Josephson, 1976

Accession Number: 1976.245


In Anatolia, ceramic wall tiles, for which Ottoman architecture later became so famous, first appear in twelfth-century Konya. There, tiles like this set, decorated the palace pavilion or Koshk of Anatolian Seljuq sultan Kilij Arslan II (r. 1156–92), which was renovated under ‘Ala’ al-Din Kayqubad I (r. 1219–37). Iconographically and technically, these tiles have affinities with Syrian and Iranian Seljuq ceramic traditions.