Dish with Bird, Rabbit and Quadruped Design

Object Name: Dish

Date: last quarter 16th century

Geography: Made in Turkey, Iznik

Medium: Stonepaste; polychrome painted under transparent glaze

Dimensions: H. 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm)
Diam. of rim: 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Richard S. Perkins Gift and Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.412


The animals on this dish, some more recognizable than others, have an old iconographic tradition in Anatolia and can be related to figural Seljuq art. The central design is, in effect, a painted menagerie, an approach not often attempted by Iznik potters before around 1570. Another group of animals pursue one another on the rim of the dish. The bold effect of the bright green ground is heightened by the potter's decision to leave the cavetto blank, in essence providing breathing room for the composition.