Bowl with Variation of 'Baba Nakkas' Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

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).

Bowl with Variation of 'Baba Nakkas' Design, Stonepaste; painted in light and dark blue under transparent glaze

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.