Plate

Turkish (Iznik)
Ottoman
1570s


Object Place: Iznik, Turkey

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.222

Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted on white slip under a clear glaze.

On View

Islamic Gallery (Gallery 175)

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics

In the mid-sixteenth century, Ottoman artists–painters and textile designers as well as potters–devised a decorative style that featured lifelike flowers, including tulips, roses, and hyacinths. The exuberant floral imagery of the new style, disciplined by a lone cypress tree, appears in the center of this plate. On the rim, however, the potter has attempted to emulate the “wave and rock” pattern of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain dishes, which were admired and collected by the Ottoman sultans.

Provenance

Denman Waldo Ross Collection. Given to the MFA March 23 1904.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection