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Deep plate

Turkey (Iznik)
About 1650

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 5 x 28.5 cm (1 15/16 x 11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

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An Iznik plate decorated in turquoise, blue and raised red. The underside bears eight cursory motifs in black, barely differentiated, of squiggles and circles, alternately splashed with blue and turquoise.

The front of the plate is, unusually, divided into three registers, divided by double lines in greenish black. The flat rim has a rough version of the Chinese wave (or foam) and rock border in this black, with daubed intrusions in turquoise and blue.

The cavetto is decorated with alternating kiosk-like forms with spikes from the top and others in the space between. These encircle the central area and repeat its three-color scheme. The center shows loose, leaf-like forms in white reserve and spotted with red, on the turquoise field.

Credit Line

Bequest of George Washington Wales