The Iznik tankard is decorated with cobalt blue and green saz leaves with half-flowers of bole-red and cobalt blue alternating with stylised hyacinths with bole-red buds on tall green stems with small green leaves. The shape of this tankard likely derives from German or European-shaped wooden tankards (see B. Rackham, p. 32, nu. 100). A similar example although slightly shorter (20cm high) than our example is published in Rackham, pl. 39, nu. 100A, however, their example includes serrated leaves and carnations.
Literature: Bernard Rackham, Islamic Pottery and Italian Maiolica: Illustrated Catalogue of a Private Collection, Faber and Faber, London, 1959, p. 32.