Dish with Floral Designs on an Olive Background

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

This dish is a member of a group of ceramics known as Kubachi ware. Named for a village in the Caucasus where this pottery was discovered in quantity, Kubachi wares are now thought to have actually been produced in Tabriz. An uneven application of the glaze has resulted in a surface-wide crackle, a typical characteristic of the Kubachi wares.
This dish shows a distinct debt to Iznik pottery demonstrated in the colors used, the fish-scale pattern on the border, and especially the pomegranate and saz-leaf vegetal forms in the central section. The position of Tabriz in northwestern Iran made it vulnerable to Ottoman attack, but also accessible to receiving Ottoman styles and techniques.

Dish with Floral Designs on an Olive Background, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze (Kubachi ware)

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