Dish Depicting Two Birds among Flowering Plants

Object Name: Dish

Date: ca. 1575–90

Geography: Made in Turkey, Iznik

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


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.