Deep plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1625

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 5.5 x 29 cm (2 3/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





The decoration of this plate is outlined in a brownish black, the designs then colored blue, pale turquoise and a muddy, flat red. Underneath, the plate shows familiar alternating figures, rendered sketchily: four trilobed figures colored blue and four spiral motifs (a degenerate version of the closed crescent) in turquoise. The flat rim, separated from the cavetto by a double line, shows a crude version of the Chinese rock and wave border, with colored incursions into each repeat. In the cavetto and well of the plate, seven ships with blue striped sails, and some details of their rigging, are set on a white field with rusty red “waves” and turquoise spots.


MFA label: 523.15 Lyman


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

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman