8. Kutahya Plate – Vendor of Liver

Kutahya 18th - Benaki Islamic Museum Athens Greece

Armenian plate (Kutahya) dated from the second half of the 18th century. Representation of a mail figure – portrays a vendor of liver, providing an idea of those period bazaars. Such plates were mainly addressed for European buyers.
The oldest dated (1718/9) Kutahya tiles, are a special order for the restoration of the church of the Holy Sepulcher within the Old City of Jerusalem (also called the Church of the Resurrection by Eastern Christians). These pictorial tiles depict a series of scenes from the Old and New Testament with an inscription in Armenian. (Last Supper and Holly Women at the empty Tomb – Etchmiadzin chapel, St. James Cathedral, Armenian Patriarchate, Jerusalem)

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