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    Dish, made of green (sage), blue, purple glazed pottery. The dish, which has a flattened asymmetrically lobed rim, rests on a low tapering ground-down foot-ring with a central unglazed spot. It is painted in tones of cobalt, turquoise, grey-green and washy manganese outlined in black with composite lotuses, curved serrated leaves and tulip stems filling the centre and cavetto. The rim has bunches of marguerites between grey-green leaves reserved on a brushed cobalt ground with bracket-lobed edges. The back with triple tulip bouquets between single rosettes beneath a blue bracket-lobed line.


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    • 1540-1550
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7 centimetres
    • Diameter: 39.6 centimetres
    • Diameter: 20.7 centimetres (foot)
  • Curator's comments

    Published as OA17 in a British Museum slide set entitled 'The Turkish Pottery of Iznik' and with a commentary by R. H. Pinder-Wilson (London 1975).

  • Bibliography

    • Atasoy & Raby 1989 p.140, fig.249 bibliographic details
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  • Condition

    Minor glaze flakes to inner and outer rim. Underside with quite deep pitting in the glaze and local brown staining.

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    Middle East

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  • Additional IDs

    • OA17 (BM slide set number)
Dish. Made of green (sage), blue, purple underglaze pottery.

Dish. Made of green (sage), blue, purple underglaze pottery.

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