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Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1585

Object Place: possibly Iznik, Turkey


Height x diameter: 5 x 27.5 cm (1 15/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fritware with blue and black decoration over white slip and under a transparent glaze.

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A medium sized plate, with decoration in a dark and a lighter blue. Its reverse is painted with fourteen figures in the same palette: seven are closed crescents, with the smaller circle in reserve but accented by a dot at the bottom. The other seven motifs are derived from earlier cloudbands but at times look floral. The face of the plate is divided into two registers, separated by a bracketed blue line. This is repeated at the outer edge and is suggestive of a foliated rim, while between the two blue lines the flat rim surface is encircled by a frieze of palmettes, with similar smaller figures inside. The cavetto and well are encircled by a thin meandering stem bearing small rumi leaves and punctuated with larger cloudlike forms. In the center is a large, seven-petaled flower.


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