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Plate Depicting a Woman Playing Tambourine

Object Name:
Plate
Date:
ca. 1600
Geography:
Turkey, Iznik
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm) Diam. of rim: 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1967
Accession Number:
67.178.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
In the seventeenth century, the popularity of images of human figures, animals, and inanimate objects such as ships on Iznik pottery increased. Some of these motifs may have held deeper significance. The young woman with a tambourine, for example, may symbolize the sun—sometimes referred to in Ottoman poetry as a tambourine.
[ E. Safani, New York, until 1967; sold to MMA]
Denny, Walter B., A. Kevin Reinhart, and Gene R. Garthwaite. Images of Paradise in Islamic Art, edited by Sheila S. Blair, and Jonathan M. Bloom. Hanover, NH: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 1991. no. 21, pp. 49, 88, ill., p. 49, fig. 21 (color), p. 88 (b/w).

Atasoy, Nurhan, and Julian Raby. "The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey." In Iznik, edited by Yanni Petsopoulos. London: Thames and Hudson, 1989. no. 614, pp. 274-275, ill. (b/w).

Denny, Walter B. Iznik: the Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics. London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004. p. 192, ill. (color).

Hristoff, Peter. "An Art Reborn." In Iznik: Legendary Ceramics from Turkey. New York, NY: School of Visual Arts, 2004. p. 25, ill. (color).



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