Fritware with red slip, underglaze design, and overglaze gilding
Diameter: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.); Overall: 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.663
Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)
Turkish potters developed the red color with a clay slip rich in iron.
This floral design highlights the rich red, the most difficult to achieve in ceramics, that was developed by Turkish potters. The design is divided with a central swaying saz leaf, with red roses, blue hyacinths, and other floral elements enhanced with glittering gold, a feature that rarely survives. The rim displays a simplified “rock and wave” design adopted from Chinese ceramics which were abundant in the imperial Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
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