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  • Place of origin:

    Iznik (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Charles Marling

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 27, shelf 3

Physical description

Small jar of fritware, 'hokka', painted and covered with a clear glaze. Decorated in an unusual combination of red and the Tugrakes spiral style pattern. Pear-shaped body with a nearly cylindrical neck. Painted with yellow flowers on blue wavy stems amid blue scrolls in horizontal bands. Round the top of the neck is a border of spirals.

Place of Origin

Iznik (probably, made)


ca. 1560 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Fritware, polychrome underglaze painted, glazed


Height: 10.5 cm From Iznik catalogue, Diameter: 8.9 cm conversion

Object history note

Found in excavating the foundations of a new post office in Istanbul.

Descriptive line

Small jar ('hokka'), fritware, painted in colours with fine scroll work, Turkey (Iznik), ca. 1560.

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

Atasoy, Nurhan and Raby, Julian. Iznik. The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London: Alexandria Press, 1989. p. 55, ill. 46.

Labels and date

Said to have been found in excavaqting the foundation of the NEw POst Offic ein Caonstantinople.
TURKISH (ISNIK); about 1550-60. [Old 133G labels]

Production Note

This illustrates the unusual combination of red with a 'Tugrakes spiral style' pattern and is said to have been excavated in Istanbul, near the 'Golden Horn'


Fritware; Glaze


Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Flowers; Stems; Spirals




Middle East Section

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