Iznik Dish with a Figure of a Woman
This polychrome Iznik dish depicts a standing woman holding a red blossom in her right hand. She wears a blue dress and a green short sleeved over-garment with fastenings; on her head she has a tall conical headdress. A large bole red carnation and a blue tulip are depicted to the left of the woman and on the right there are blue and red flowers on leafy stems.
The outer rim is decorated with a stylised blue scrolling floral motif. The exterior of the dish is decorated with alternating stylised green butterflies and small florettes in blue and green.
Although the depictions of human figures are rare on Iznik pottery, they became increasingly popular during the 17th century. For a similar outfit and a headdress, see an Iznik plate dated to ca. 1600, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession number 67.178.1.
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