Name of Object:

Cylindrical tankard


Lisbon, Portugal

Holding Museum:

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Date of Object:

About Hegira 982 / AD 1575

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Ceramic made from siliceous clay, painted onto engobe (slip) beneath a transparent glaze.


Height 2.5 cm, diameter 11.3 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iznik, Turkey.


A cylindrical tankard with an angular handle, decorated with stems of tulips, hyacinths and other flowers in light blue, green and red on a white background. The vertical stems are gently curved. The edges of the rim and base are bordered with wave patterns. The model of this tankard, taking its inspiration from the art of metalwork of the Balkans, became widespread in Ottoman Turkey in the second half of the AH 10th / AD16th century. This piece may also have been used as a flower vase.

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Tankard inspired by the Balkan metalware popularised in Ottoman Turkey in the second half of the AH 10th / AD 16th century. This piece is decorated with bunches of tulips, hyacinths and other flowers in light blue, green and red on a white background.

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis. The broadening of the range of colours with the introduction of red, Armenian bole, indicates production in the second half of the 10th / 16th century.

How Object was obtained:

From the Jeuniette collection, it was purchased through M. Stora & Co. on 10 April 1919.

How provenance was established:

By expert examination, stylistic and comparative analysis and exhibition catalogues written by international specialists, mentioned in the bibliography.

Selected bibliography:

Un Jardín Encantado: Arte Islámico en la Colección Calouste Gulbenkian, exhibition catalogue, Madrid, 2001.
Only the Best: Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1999.
Ribeiro, M. Q., Louças Iznik / Iznik Pottery, Lisbon, 1996.
Roxburgh, D. (ed.), Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600–1600, London, 2005.

Citation of this web page:

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro "Cylindrical tankard" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2018.;ISL;pt;Mus01_A;19;en

Prepared by: Maria Queiroz RibeiroMaria Queiroz Ribeiro

Maria Queiroz Ribeiro é conservadora do departamento de Arte Islâmica do Museu Calouste Gulbenkian desde 1996, sendo responsável pelas secções de cerâmica, vidro e arte do livro. Tem comissariado diversas exposições: The World of Lacquer, Lisboa, 2001; Un Jardin Encantado, Arte Islámico en la Colección Calouste Gulbenkian, Madrid, 2001; Islamic Art in the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Abu Dhabi, 2004. Participou em colóquios internacionais no International Congress of Turkish Art, apresentando comunicações como Following the trail of Ottoman tiles in Portugal em Utrecht, 1999 e La céramique islamique dans la Collection Gulbenkian, no Musée de la Céramique de Sèvres, em 2003. É autora de Iznik Pottery of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisboa, 1996 e co-autora de Mamluk Glass in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisboa, 1999.

Translation by: Gilla Evans
Translation copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: PT 24


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