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Dish Depicting Two Birds among Flowering Plants

Object Name:
Dish
Date:
ca. 1575–90
Geography:
Turkey, Iznik
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. Diam. of rim: 11 3/16 in. (28.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of James J. Rorimer in appreciation of Maurice Dimand's curatorship, 1933–1959, 1959
Accession Number:
59.69.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
Hidden within the tangle of carnation, tulip, and hyacinth stems on this colorful plate perch two small birds. Such flowers, sometimes in combination with birds, were pervasive decorative elements on Iznik pottery of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
[ Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris, until 1959; sold to MMA]
Atasoy, Nurhan, and Julian Raby. "The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey." In Iznik, edited by Yanni Petsopoulos. London: Thames and Hudson, 1989. no. 484, pp. 245-246, ill. (b/w).

Atil, Esin. The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Washington, DC: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987. no. 199, pp. 272-274, ill. pl. 199 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 214, pp. 287, 305-306, ill. p. 305 (color).



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