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Large plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1625

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 4 x 32 cm (1 9/16 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





A large Iznik plate whose exterior is carefully decorated in black with two alternating figures based upon the cintamani design. Five figures show a closed crescent while five seem to comprise three joined circles. Each of these figures is surmounted by a small, spiky finial, and the two designs are alternately colored blue and green. The decoration of the front reveals a rim design based on a Chinese wave pattern, here allowing small areas of the central polychrome decoration to intrude. Inside the rim, delineated by two concentric black lines, is an assymmetric bouquet of flowers in blue, green and raised red, rising from a tuft of leaves. The accentuated central inflorescence in blue and black, resembles a similar saz leaf sometimes included in such floral designs.


Old MFA label: 498.15 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