Name of Object:

Dish with floral decoration


Rome, Italy

Holding Museum:

Museum of Civilisations | Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci”

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Date of Object:

Hegira 10th–11th centuries / AD 16th–17th centuries

Museum Inventory Number:

9762/ 8481

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Glazed ceramic.


Height 6.7 cm, diameter 36.3 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iznik, Turkey.


Large plate with a broad flat base, curved sides and a narrow brim, painted in turquoise green, cobalt-blue and red lake in relief (Armenian bole) typically used with this type of dish. It consists of flowering stems that, like the central shoot with its blue campanulas, spring from a small bush with small alternating blue and red roses that is painted on the lower edge of the base of the dish. The flowers are dominated by three large peonies, tulips and hyacinths. The brim is decorated with the characteristic ‘wave-and-rock’ motif, highly stylised. The side is decorated with rose and palmette motifs that alternate between green and blue, with colour haloing.

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This plate, a typical example of work from the factories of Iznik in the AH late 10th–early 11th / AD late 16th–early 17th centuries, is richly decorated with floral motifs.

How provenance was established:

Careful examination of the details and the unlobed border of the dish reveal that this piece was produced in Iznik workshops around the end of the 10th / 16th and the beginning of the 11th / 17th centuries.

Selected bibliography:

Atasoy, N. and Raby, J., Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989.
Lane, A., Later Islamic Pottery, London, 1957.
Petsopoulos, Y., Tulips, Arabesques and Turbants: Decorative Arts from the Ottoman Empire, London, 1982.
Rogers, G. M., “The Wares of Sixteenth Century Ottoman Turkey”, in Islamic Art and Design 1500–1700, London, 1993, pp.93–120.
Torre, P., Le Mille e una Notte: Ceramiche Persiane, Turche e Ispano-Moresche, Faenza, 1990.

Citation of this web page:

Paola Torre "Dish with floral decoration" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;it;Mus01;7;en

Prepared by: Paola TorrePaola Torre

Responsabile del Dipartimento di Archeologia e Arte Islamica e del Servizio Educativo presso il Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale “Giuseppe Tucci” di Roma.
Laureata in Arte islamica, ha svolto per anni attività di docenza presso l'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli ed è autrice di numerose pubblicazioni e studi scientifici riguardanti soprattutto la ceramica del mondo islamico, con particolare riferimento alla produzione dipinta a lustro metallico, dalla Mesopotamia alla Spagna.

Copyedited by: Pier Paolo RacioppiPier Paolo Racioppi

Laureato e specializzato in storia dell'arte presso l'Università di Roma “La Sapienza” sta conseguendo il dottorato di ricerca in Storia e conservazione dell'oggetto d'arte e d'architettura presso l'Università di Roma TRE. Ha svolto attività seminariali presso l'Istituto di Storia dell'Arte all'Università La Sapienza di Roma e attualmente è docente di storia dell'arte del Rinascimento presso la IES at Luiss (Roma).
Ha pubblicato diversi contributi sulla tutela artistica, il collezionismo e le accademie d'arte, ed ha collaborato al Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani dell'Enciclopedia Treccani.

Translation by: Laurence Nunny
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: IT 07


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