Dish with Bird, Rabbit, and Quadruped Design

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460

The animals on this dish, some more recognizable than others, have an old iconographic tradition in Anatolia and can be related to figural Seljuq art. The central design is, in effect, a painted menagerie, an approach not often attempted by Iznik potters before around 1570. Another group of animals pursue one another on the rim of the dish. The bold effect of the bright green ground is heightened by the potter's decision to leave the cavetto blank, in essence providing breathing room for the composition.

Dish with Bird, Rabbit, and Quadruped Design, Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

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