Dish with Sailing-Ship Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 459

This dish comes from the major ceramics production center of Iznik, which rose to prominence in the sixteenth century and was known for its distinctive saz-style floral ornament. In the seventeenth century, there developed a new decorative repertory of figures, animals, ships, and buildings, including pagoda-like pavilions and domed churches. These field designs are found on numerous examples. The characteristic border of these pieces, ultimately derived from Chinese wave motifs, has become a pattern of alternating leaves and spirals.

Dish with Sailing-Ship Design, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

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