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Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1580

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 6 x 36 cm (2 3/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip with transparent glaze.

Not On View





A very large plate or charger. The underside, at the rim, bears a reminder of earlier scalloped rims with a bracketed design in black. Around the curve of the cavetto are a ring of twelve motifs, carefully outlined in black. Half of these appear as small baskets or pots bearing three flowers, and these are interspersed with peonies. Both types of figure are carefully treated with coloring in blue and green. The front of the charger reveals a rather pedestrian rock and wave border in blue and black, and with some intruding dabs of color. Separated from the rim by a double line, the cavetto is decorated in a frieze of turquoise-green palmettes around the double border of the well. Outside and in between are small red figures accented in a gilding which has partially worn off. Within its borders, the well is painted on a dark blue ground with an intertwining set of rumi leaves in reserve, and a large central blossom, also white. The rumis are set off by teardrops in red.


MFA label: unreadable Lyman


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