Name of Object:



London, England, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Victoria and Albert Museum

About Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Date of Object:

About hegira 957 / AD 1550

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Painted and glazed ceramic.


Height 4.5 cm, diameter 33.6 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Iznik, Turkey.


A shallow dish with an upturned edge, painted under the glaze. The dish is adorned with a spray of flowers, painted in light- and dark-blue, sage-green, and greyish purple; they include tulips, lilies-of-the-valley, and hyacinths. The three largest flowers bear sinuous cloud-bands in their blossoms, which are reflected in the smaller cloud-bands flanking the base of the bouquet. As with the best of Iznik wares the artist has enlivened the composition by depicting the flowers swaying gently, thus avoiding a rigid and deadening symmetry.

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A shallow dish with an upturned edge, adorned with a spray of flowers including tulips and hyacinths. The distinctive cloud-band motif in each of the three largest flowers lets us relate this plate to several other wares made by the circle of an artist named Musli.

How date and origin were established:

Details like the cloud-bands in the three largest flowers and the particular shade of sage-green allow us to link this dish to a group of wares associated with the circle of an artist named Musli, who also signed a mosque lamp dated 1549.

How Object was obtained:

Bequest of George Salting in 1910.

How provenance was established:

Iznik was the centre of quality ceramic production in this period.

Selected bibliography:

Atasoy, N., and Raby, J., Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, Istanbul/London, 1989, pp.246–7.

Citation of this web page:

Barry Wood "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2021.;ISL;uk;Mus02;38;en

Prepared by: Barry WoodBarry Wood

Barry Wood is Curator (Islamic Gallery Project) in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He studied history of art at Johns Hopkins University and history of Islamic art and architecture at Harvard University, from where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2002. He has taught at Harvard, Eastern Mediterranean University, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has also worked at the Harvard University Art Museums and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He has published on topics ranging from Persian manuscripts to the history of exhibitions.

Copyedited by: Mandi GomezMandi Gomez

Amanda Gomez is a freelance copy-editor and proofreader working in London. She studied Art History and Literature at Essex University (1986–89) and received her MA (Area Studies Africa: Art, Literature, African Thought) from SOAS in 1990. She worked as an editorial assistant for the independent publisher Bellew Publishing (1991–94) and studied at Bookhouse and the London College of Printing on day release. She was publications officer at the Museum of London until 2000 and then took a role at Art Books International, where she worked on projects for independent publishers and arts institutions that included MWNF’s English-language editions of the books series Islamic Art in the Mediterranean. She was part of the editorial team for further MWNF iterations: Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Virtual Museum and the illustrated volume Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean.

True to its ethos of connecting people through the arts, MWNF has provided Amanda with valuable opportunities for discovery and learning, increased her editorial experience, and connected her with publishers and institutions all over the world. More recently, the projects she has worked on include MWNF’s Sharing History Virtual Museum and Exhibition series, Vitra Design Museum’s Victor Papanek and Objects of Desire, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s online publication 2 or 3 Tigers and its volume Race, Nation, Class.

MWNF Working Number: UK2 44


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See also

Virtual Visit Exhibition Trail

EARLY OTTOMAN ART - Legacy of the Emirates


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