Name of Object:
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Museums
Date of Object:
Hegira 950–55 / AD 1545–50
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Stone-paste (fritware) painted blue, green and purple under a transparent glaze.
Diameter 30 cm, height 12 cm
Period / Dynasty:
A shallow, footed, stone-paste (fritware) dish belonging to the group of so-called 'Iznik'-style ceramics although its place of production was Damascus in Syria. The pale apple-green colouring – not the emerald-green of Iznik – is one of the distinctive features of this group of Damascus-produced 'Iznik' ceramics. This shallow dish is mounted on a cylindrical foot that flares slightly at the base. Both the underside of the dish and the surface of the foot are decorated. The pattern comprises a free naturalistic spray of pale aubergine-purple carnations, with pale apple-green stems and blue leaves. Two simple and very thin geometric bands surround the rim of the dish. The underside is decorated with four blue and green flower sprays, and the foot of the dish is decorated with a band of alternating blue flowers with green leaves.
View Short Description
When the Ottomans embarked on architectural projects in Syria, they set up potteries in Damascus to produced ceramic tiles for these monuments. The potters were resettled in Damascus for this purpose. In addition to tiles, a whole range of vessels including this dish was produced in the Iznik style.
How date and origin were established:
Stylistic analysis: the pale apple-green colour is a distinctive feature of 'Iznik'-style ceramics made in Damascus during the 950s / 1550s.
How Object was obtained:
Donated to the Museum in 1903.
How provenance was established:
The pale apple-green colour is a distinctive feature of 'Iznik'-style ceramics made in Damascus during the 950s / 1550s.
Atasoy, N. and Raby, J., Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1994.
Citation of this web page:
Noorah Al-Gailani "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;28;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-Gailani