Dish in Chinese Style

Turkish (probably Iznik)
Ottoman period
About 1525

Object Place: Iznik, Turkey


Height x diameter: 7.5 x 39.5 cm (2 15/16 x 15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip, with transparent glaze

Not On View





A very deep plate with foliated rim, with decoration in two shades of blue. Beneath, inside a single foliated line,are nine floral sprays, of three unequally represented designs with a central flower and surrounding leaves. On its face the dish is decorated in three registers separated by double foliated lines. The rim bears an intricate scrolling vine with repeated flowers; the cavetto has the same nine motifs as the underside: again with four examples of two designs and one of another; while the well shows a “Hatayi” design of a of a lotus or peony scroll from which grow a variety of flowers and leaves.


John Pickering Lyman (b. 1847 - d. 1914), Boston; by 1914, by descent to his sister, Miss Theodora Lyman (d. 1919), Portsmouth, NH; 1919, gift of Miss Thoedora Lyman to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1919)

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman