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Deep plate

Turkey (Iznik)
About 1630


Object Place: India

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.5 x 30 cm (1 3/4 x 11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.160

Medium or Technique

Fritware with white slip, painted in turquoise, blue and raised red and covered with a transparent glaze.

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics

A large Iznik plate whose exterior decoration comprises eight cursory figures derived from the “cintamani” tradition: a closed crescent, splashed with turquoise, and a group of three circles forming a domed figure in blue.

The face of the plate is divided by black lines into a border on the flat rim and a floral bouquet in the cavetto and well, all using the same “Rhodian” color scheme of black, turquoise, blue and raised red. It shows a blue flower with a red center, alternating with a two-leafed plant in profile.

The bouquet of varied flowers in the well spring largely from a leafy tuft, while a large vertical saz leaf, in turquoise and blue with a heavy black line, is superimposed over it.

Inscription

Old WALES label: Rhodian 1046 with initials LM, probably those of the cataloguer.

Credit Line

Bequest of George Washington Wales