Object Place: Iznik, Turkey
Diameter: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fritware, painted on white slip under a clear glaze.
Islamic Gallery (Gallery 175)
In the mid-sixteenth century, Ottoman artists–painters and textile designers as well as potters–devised a decorative style that featured lifelike flowers, including tulips, roses, and hyacinths. The exuberant floral imagery of the new style, disciplined by a lone cypress tree, appears in the center of this plate. On the rim, however, the potter has attempted to emulate the “wave and rock” pattern of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain dishes, which were admired and collected by the Ottoman sultans.
By 1904, Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1904, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: March 23, 1904)
Denman Waldo Ross Collection