Some of the earliest Iznik stonepaste ceramics are distinguished by delicate underglaze‑painted blue decoration on a white ground. The meandering vine of two‑toned flowers and the white‑on‑blue decoration of this small bowl link it to an early group of ceramics referred to as Baba Nakkas (literally, "Papa Designer") ware named for an artist employed by the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II (r. 1444–46, 1451–81).
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1932; sold to MMA]
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Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 207, pp. 298-299, ill. p. 298 (color).