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Deep plate

Turkey (Iznik)
About 1620

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 4.5 x 30 cm (1 3/4 x 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip and with a transparent glaze.

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A large, rimmed plate with designs outlined in brownish black and colored in green, blue and raised red. The underside is carefully decorated with ten designs derived from the cintamani tradition: five closed crescents comprising three nested circles, alternating with three circles in a triangular formation. The closed crescents are colored in both blue and green, while the other figure is colored in blue. The face of the dish comprises a border decoration on the flat rim, with an asymmetric bouquet of flowers in the center. The border consists of a well-drawn “rock and wave” design, carefully enhanced in blue and green. In the well, the bouquet combines roses and blue tulips of varied size, and achieves balance by giving one tulip a broken stem. Two rose stems are joined with a rudimentary cloudband. The colors used include worn overglaze gilding on some of the flowers.


Lent by Miss Theodora Lyman, March 1, 1915. The John Pickering Lyman Collection.

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman