Jug with sailing ships
fourth quarter of the 16th century
Object Place: Iznik, Turkey
Height x diameter: 21.4 cm (8 7/16 in.) x 13.3 d (5 1/4 in)
Medium or Technique
Fritware, painted over white slip under a transparent glaze.
Not On View
White body decorated with rows of black boats with large blue-striped sails; red and green scalloped spots on ground; blue spots on handle; greenish color inside. From the latter part of the sixteenth century into the seventeenth, Iznik tankards, bottles, dishes, and jugs were often decorated with fleets of dhow-like, lateen-rigged boats, their triangular sails typically sporting jaunty blue stripes. Irregular red and green motifs between the boats on this jug represent islands.
Purchased in London by George Washington Wales (b. 1815 - d. 1896), Boston; 1885, gift of George Washington Wales to the MFA. (Accession date: October 13, 1885)
Gift of George Washington Wales