Name of Object:



London, England, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Victoria and Albert Museum

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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 Wood
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: UK2 44