Dish with Sailing-ship Design
The Ottoman navy had an increasing presence in the Mediterranean in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and it is not surprising that sailing ships became a popular motif in Iznik pottery. Although multiple lateen-rigged ships were the standard on jugs and tankards, on plates the design was normally a single, multi-masted ship, more European than Turkish in appearance, sailing on a schematic sea adorned with curious cloudlike shapes.
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