Turquoise Dish with an Abstract Rock-and-Wave Border
early 1500s, Safavid period
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in honor of Bj Averitt
The form of this dish and its designs owe much to fourteenth century Chinese blue-and-white porcelains, but the transparent turquoise glaze that covers the black-painted patterns is an Islamic ceramic style dating back to the twelfth century. The encircling bands on the rim and inner ring may have their origins in Chinese rock and wave patterns, and the central floral motif is also of Eastern origin. Both, however, have been largely transformed into Islamic imagery.