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Blue tilework, Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

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cactusbones, ali reza_parsi, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. rogiro 100 months ago | reply

    Wow! This is really blue... So nice. I like all the forms and patterns. I see on the left and the right two persons. Although they look more like babooshka's (those wooden Russia puzzles) than like normal humans ;-)

  2. birdfarm 98 months ago | reply

    There are birds in there, I promise--at least eight of them. Look at the larger versions and you'll see.

    Connected in the Connect pool.

  3. K//K 98 months ago | reply

    I see the bird ! neat connection, original !

  4. birdfarm 98 months ago | reply

    There are four in each of the white side sections. Turkish tilework is a lot less strict about physical forms than, for example, Moorish or Moroccan building decoration. Consider the Persian miniatures: also Islamic art. :-)

    Hold on, I will post a version with the birds circled. In the meantime, there are also four-legged animals at the bottom of the same panels, if that helps convince you.

  5. K//K 98 months ago | reply

    Corrected :)

  6. K//K 98 months ago | reply

    Persians are the most liberal for Islamic art, I remember turks are not far behind - though the majority of Islamic artwork is of orthodox nature where animals are only depicted through calligraphy not a whole form.

  7. birdfarm 98 months ago | reply

    That's my understanding as well. :-)

    Here are the birds circled, for anyone else who wants help finding them.

    Oh, and Karamk helpfully added a note (why didn't I think of that?) so I added the others. My favorite is the second from the top--it has its shoulders hunched up in a wonderfully naturalistic way!

  8. K//K 98 months ago | reply

    the guys at the bottom look like foxes or hyenas.

  9. -Merce- 93 months ago | reply

    marvellous blues and marvellous designs here!

  10. birdfarm 93 months ago | reply

    Thanks Merce! I loved it too!

  11. askamel 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ottoman / osmanlı /دولت عالیه عثمانیه, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  12. heatheronhertravels 74 months ago | reply

    Hi there

    I used this and a couple of your other tile shots to illustrate my blog post.


    Thanks for using creative commons

  13. h citci 66 months ago | reply

    hope these maps will be usefull for all


  14. erülke(TR)_PHOTOGRAPHY 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called amateur photographers / amatör fotoğrafçılar, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  15. Remzsinas 22 months ago | reply

    Great details...
    Thank you very much for sharing!
    Seen in "Osmanlı (Ottoman Style)" Group
    Really Good!

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