Dish with flowers and birds

Dutch, Delft

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

Most likely introduced from the Islamic world, where it had developed in the ninth century in response to imported Chinese ceramics, the use of a tin-based glaze to cover a dark earthenware body has a long history in Europe. Here, the tin glaze is painted with blue pigment on a plate whose shape and design parallel Chinese kraak ware.

Dish with flowers and birds, Tin-glazed earthenware with cobalt blue pigment (Delftware), Dutch, Delft

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