The animals on this dish, some more recognizable than others, have an old iconographic tradition in Anatolia and can be related to figural Seljuq art. The central design is, in effect, a painted menagerie, an approach not often attempted by Iznik potters before around 1570. Another group of animals pursue one another on the rim of the dish. The bold effect of the bright green ground is heightened by the potter's decision to leave the cavetto blank, in essence providing breathing room for the composition.
Fernand Adda Collection(by 1959–65; his sale, Palais Galliera, Paris, November 29–December 3, 1965, no. 826); [ Cyril Humphries, London]; Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York (until 1979; his sale SothebyParke-Bernet, New York, June 5–9, 1979, no. 1079); [ Greater India Company, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 1979; sold to MMA]
New York. The Hagop Kevorkian Special Exhibitions Gallery. "Flowers and Leaves: The Ottoman Pottery of Iznik," September 25, 1991–November 15, 1992, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament, Part IV: Figural Representation," September 16, 1999–January 30, 2000, no catalogue.
Rackham, Bernard. "Illustrated Catalogue of a Private Collection." In Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica. London: Faber and Faber, 1959. no. 197, ill. pl. 82b (b/w).
"M.M.A. Notable Acquisitions 1979–80." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 37 (1979–1980). p. 18, p. 18 (color).
"June 5–9, 1979." In The Benjamin Sonnenberg Collection. vol. II. Sotheby's, New York, 1979. no. 1079, ill. (color).