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Small plate

Turkish (Iznik)

Object Place: Islamic World


Height x diameter: 3.5 x 24 cm (1 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fritware, painted over white slip with transparent glaze.

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A small, wide-rimmed plate or tabak. The plate’s bright white slip coating is painted with black outlining, filled in blue, green and a brilliant raised red. The underside of the plate is painted in a circle of eight small motifs. Four green closed crescents, with the lower circle in reserve are each surmounted by a small dot. They alternate with four blue, vaguely trilobed figures derived from a plant form. The decoration on the face of the plate is divided into two regions by single and double black lines. On the rim, two kinds of flowering plant are shown, differing in color and in having leaves characteristic of eachof the largest categories of flowering plants (monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous.) The cavetto is narrow and undecorated, while the well shows two sprays of red poppies growing from a tuft of blue and green leaves and flanking a large saz leaf in the same colors, and drawn with a heavy black line. Gilding has been added to the plate at some point, and has now largely worn off.


Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard

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Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes