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Turkish (Iznik)
About 1560

Object Place: Islamic World


Height x diameter: 4.5 x 32.5 cm (1 3/4 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View



A large plate decorated in light and dark blue. The back of the plate is extensively decorated in two registers, delineated and separated by single and double concentric blue lines. The underside of the rim bears a line of “brackets” imitating a foliate rim, while the cavetto shows an undulating vine bearing leaves and probable peonies, in a Chinese-derived form.

The front of this large dish is divided into three decorative regions. On the flat rim, between double lines, is a similar undulating border, on a smaller scale and without the prominent blossoms but with many tiny blue leaf forms. The cavetto bears a band of tiny blue flowers and paired leaves, and is equidistant from the rim and well designs. Within the well is a field of six circles of spiral lines around a seventh such circle. The lines bear tiny paired leaves and cloudbands, in the tughrahi style derived from manuscript decoration.


MFA label: 490.15 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