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Large plate

Turkish (probably Iznik)

Object Place: India


Height x diameter: 5.5 x 33.5 cm (2 3/16 x 13 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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

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A large rimless plate whose decoration is painted in a deep, ultramarine blue, with some areas filled in gray. On the underside are twelve blue motifs: alternately a version of the closed crescent and a shape probably derived from Chinese cloudbands. The outside rim bears a single blue line, while there are two such concentric lines around the footring. There is also an accidental splash of green pigment. The inside of the bowl-shaped dish has a narrow meander border between single lines. The cavetto and well are not separated by a distinct line. Radially arranged in the cavetto are four bowls from which spring large and roughly symmetrical bouquets, varying slightly in their structure, but with some of their circular flowers filled in gray. At the junction with the well are parallel lines drawn so as to suggest water, and apparent waterlilies, while in the center is a large, blue and gray, seven-petalled lotus medallion.


MFA label: 506.15 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