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Dish with Floral Design

Object Name:
Dish
Date:
ca. 1545–60
Geography:
Turkey, Iznik
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) Diam. 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Horace Havemeyer, 1956
Accession Number:
56.185.2
  • Description

    This dish shows a cusped edge drawn from a Ming prototype. The wave, foam and rock design of the rim recall its Chinese model as well. Unusual coloration of sage-green and manganese purple are combined with more typical Iznik tones such as blue and turquoise. The bottom of the dish is dominated by a large and complex palmette. It is surrounded by saz or feathery leaves, that curl over themselves, which was a common motif for the period. However the two sprays of hyacinths that frame the central palmette, and the two tulips at the bottom of the composition, mark the debut of the new floral style that was to dominate Ottoman art in the second half of the 16th century and beyond.
    This type of ceramic dish was produced in fairly small numbers and consequently both rare and highly sought-after by collectors and museums. It is of special interest because its production coincided with a period of far-reaching change in the history of Ottoman art.

  • Provenance

    Horace Havemeyer, New York (by 1930–56; bequeathed to MMA)

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