Iznik Dish

Turkey, Second half of the 16th century

31cm diameter 

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Iznik Dish

The polychrome dish is painted with a symmetrical composition of a central green cypress tree, cobalt blue and bole red saz leaves with roses and meandering branches to each side. The key fret border on the rim has an alternating bole red and green decoration with black outline. The reverse of the dish is decorated with alternating cobalt blue flowers with green leaves and single cintemani dots in blue and green. There is a similar Iznik dish in The Shangri La, Hawaii, USA, from The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, dated to circa 1565, comprising of a symmetrical design of carnations, roses and tulips to each side of a central cypress tree with a comparable key fret border.

Iznik Dish


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