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Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1580

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 5.5 x 30 cm (2 3/16 x 11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





A large plate decorated in “Rhodian” colors. The underside of the plate alternates six pairs of blue tulips, growing from a circular base, and six closed crescents, colored both blue and green. The front of the plate has a simplified rock and wave design on its flat rim, in black and blue, with some repeated green incursions. The cavetto and well show a large-scale design suggesting a single, six-petalled flower. Its center is occupied by another such flower, in brilliant red, green and pale blue, while six reserve “lotus panels” radiate outward. Each is outlined in blue and each contains a green palmette, which in turn contains a small peony plant. Outside the lobed circumference of this larger figure is a jagged band of red, with suggestions of a continuous field between it and the limits of the border design.


MFA label: 502.15 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