Object Place: Islamic World
Height x diameter: 9 x 44 cm (3 9/16 x 17 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
A very large plate of Iznik form in buff fritware coated with white slip and painted on both sides in a dark cobalt blue before glazing. Underneath, between single lines at the rim and foot, the plate is decorated with an undulating stem bearing both leaves and flowers looking like a waterlily. Inside the footring are seven pseudo-Chinese-character marks. The top surface of the plate is decorated on the flat rim and in the well, with designs that obscure the double lines used to delineate these areas. The decoration includes several possible registers around the center, and is intricate and repetitious, leaving two large, central figures - apparently seaweed and a seahorse - surrounded by small flowers and leaves in a manner suggesting an origin in southeast Asia.
Bought in Rome for $26.00.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales