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Deep plate

Turkey (Iznik)
About 1625

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 5 x 26 cm (1 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View





A medium sized deep plate whose exterior shows six motifs outlined in black, alternating between black squiggles accented in green and closed crescents carefully filled in blue.

The everted rim is bounded by a single and double black lines which are then used to form ten semicircular arches. These are then repeated in reverse orientation; and at the base of each of the curved-sided triangular figures thus formed is a three-lobed half flower. Elements of this design are consistently enhanced in blue, green and red.

Filling the well of the plate is symmetrical design with an unattached central medallion resembling a blue serrated leaf. This blue ground shows red and white striped tulips, leaves and another flower. The white ground around the medallion contains two large encircling and paired compound stems, from each of which emerge varied blossoms, while blank spaces are filled with small leaf forms. Several small intrusions from outside the cavetto suggest the stylized cloudbands which emerged similarly on earlier pieces.

The polychrome design is well worked-out and complex. It is further accentuated with gilding, of uncertain date.


Old MFA painted number M.P.70, and old label reading 113 Damascus.

Credit Line

Bequest of George Washington Wales