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Rimless plate

Turkish (Iznik)
About 1600

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 4.5 x 31 cm (1 3/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





The underside of this plate is decorated with twelve hastily drawn motifs: six rough circles or spirals colored blue, and six indeterminate squiggles splashed with green. The face of the dish is decorated in three registers, each delineated by concentric black painted lines. Near the rim is a border of repeated half-flowers in reserve in blue and with raised red centers. The cavetto is largely undecorated, but where it joins the well is a palisade of small blue and green pyramidal forms, with red strokes of similar form in between. The well is occupied by an asymmetrical bouquet of carnations and blue tulips, with green foliage, springing from a tuft of leaves. There are suggestions of figures intruding from outside of the well’s boundary lines.


MFA label reads 576.15 Lyman.


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

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman