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Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1590

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 6.5 x 35 cm (2 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





This charger is decorated underglaze in the “Rhodian” palette of raised red (“Armenian bole”), blue and emerald green. The plate exhibits on the underside a familiar ring of paired small figures, in this case ten in all. Five of these are trilobed, resembling a small plant with two leaves and a bud, surmounted by an accenting dot and splashed in green. These alternate with five five-petalled blue peony flowers. The face decoration is in two registers, surrounded and separated by single and double black painted lines. On the rim is a spirited version of the rock and wave design in black and blue with regular green incursions. The cavetto and well show off a large, assymmetric group of varied flowering plants arising from a tuft of leaves. These comprise a carefully painted blue tulip and another blue flower, with roses and carnations in raised red. Also growing from the base is a large saz leaf, its principal curving line in heavy black, and colored blue and green.


MFA label: 500.15 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