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Large plate

Turkish (Iznik)

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 4 x 36 cm (1 9/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip, with transparent glaze.

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A large Iznik plate whose back is very carefully treated, starting with five fine concentric black rings. Between lines two and three are four pairs of figures, carefully outlined in black. The first, accented in blue wash, is a small plant in profile, with three symmetrical leaves and some shoots. The other, accented in green, is the closed cintamani crescent, with a small knop finial. The front of the plate is decoated in two registers, both of similar floral type and in the “Rhodian” colors of blue, green and raised red associated with Iznik wares of the second half of the 16th century. The deep, curving rim contains a repeated sequence of two saw-toothed leaves from which emerges a carnation flower in profile and two buds. Inside its own double border of black lines, the well displays an assymmetric bouquet of tulips, roses and carnations, all centered by a large, double saz leaf. This piece shows confident draftsmanship, and employs a “broken stem” to distribute the flowers elegantly over its surface.


Old MFA sticker: 494.15 Lyman


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

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman