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Book Description TTT: The Historical Research Foundation, Istanbul Research Center, Istanbul, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Limited Edition. Original cloth bdg. 4to. (31 x 22 cm). Edition in English. 326 p., color and b/w ills. The Iznik Tile Kiln Excavations (The second round: 1981-1988). Edited by Tülay Duran. "The progress taking place in the second round of excavations of Iznik tile kilns was starting point for the declaration of 1989 as 'The year of Iznik'. This object of this book is to provide a scholarly classification and presentation of the results of excavations that are product of eight years of effort. The finds turned up both in the first round of excavations (which began in 1964) and in the second have been eagerly awaited by Turkish and foreign art historians. We believe that the results of the work at Iznik will be an important source of information for the International Iznik Symposium that is to be held in Istanbul this year. A veil of mystery, reinforced by foreign sources, has shrouded Iznik tiles and pottery and led to a number of misinterpretations. We believe that through this book, that veil will be lifted for it proves -among other things- the error of such mistaken classifications as 'Miletos ware', 'Damascus ware', and 'Rhodes [Rhodos] ware' while at the same time in reveals the connection between Iznik ceramics manufacture and Seljuk ceramic manufacture, a fact of importance from the standpoint of the continuity of Turkish culture.". (From preface by Isil Aybakgil). One of 500 copies. Seller Inventory # 050499