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Turkish (Iznik)
About 1580

Object Place: Turkey


Height x diameter: 4.5 x 28 cm (1 3/4 x 11 in.)

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Fritware with blue decoration on white slip under transparent glaze.

Not On View



The plate’s decoration appears to be in three shades of blue. The warm white of the underside (where the slip must be thinner) is delineated by four concentric circles, and between the two pairs appear ten figures: five peony flowers with white centers alternating with five lobed flowers in profile. On the face of the plate, the narrow flanged rim shows a simple vine-like border with rumi leaves between single and double lines. The cavetto’s lowest part carries a circle of flame-like leaf forms, while inside another double line, in fourfold symmetry, the well has floating medallions, with domed pendants between them - hanging from areas of ground filled with spiral wave-forms which seem to emerge from under the cavetto. A similar ground of spirals fills each of the four, lobed, roughly circular medallions, which also contain a posy of three flowers. The center shows a small, eight-petalled flower.


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

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The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman