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Gilded Dish with Flowers and Leaves

c. 1590
Diameter: 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in.); Overall: 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in.)
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Location: 116 Islamic

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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
Gilded Dish with Flowers and Leaves

Gilded Dish with Flowers and Leaves

c. 1590

Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman period (1299–1922)

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