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  • Place of origin:

    Iznik, Turkey (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1530-1540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, underglaze painted in cobalt blue, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 27, shelf 3

Physical description

Bowl of grey fritware, painted in blue and covered with a clear glaze. Painted outside with conventional flowers and foliage branching from a continuous wavy stem. Inside on the bottom are flowers and foliage on a spiral stem in a medallion and round the side is a wide band of closely-set leafy stems with flowers.

Place of Origin

Iznik, Turkey (made)


ca. 1530-1540 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Fritware, underglaze painted in cobalt blue, glazed


Height: 8.5 cm, Diameter: 18.3 cm

Object history note

Found in excavating the foundations of a new post office at Sirkeci.

Descriptive line

Bowl of grey fritware, painted in blue on a white slip and covered with a clear glaze, Iznik, ca. 1530-1540.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Atasoy, Nurhan and Raby, Julian. Iznik: The pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London : Alexandria Press, 1989. pp. 108-109, Pl. 134.

Labels and date

Found in excavating the foundation of the new Post Office in Constantinople.
TURKISH (ISNIK); about 1520-30.
790-1905 [1954-2005]

Production Note



Glaze; Fritware


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Foliage; Medallion; Stem; Spiral



Collection code


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