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Iznik Jug 16th c. – KL Islamic Museum Malaysia

The Iznik potters achieved a color range that one can not find in other traditions of underglaze pottery. After the polychromy in 1540s and 1550s they experimented with other colors encouraged by their success which ranged from soft lavender to … Continue reading

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IZNIK 16th c. – KL Museum Malaysia

Beautiful Iznik plate around 1585 with an Ibrik motif in red, blue and green colors – Kuala Lumpur National Museum Collection. The most significant aesthetic change post 1550 was the introduction of the red as an underglaze color. In parallel, … Continue reading

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Dish from Iznik with a female figure (first half of the 17th century). The woman wears a long green belted dress, a blouse with blue sleeves, white trousers, red shoes and a colourful tall hat. She holds a bouquet with … Continue reading

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Dish from Iznik with a male figure (second half of the 17th century, c.1650-1675). The man is dressed in strange clothes, smokes a pipe and holds a double axe, while a dog is frolicking at his feet. Figurative depictions on … Continue reading

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Polychrome painted dish with a male figure from the twilight period of the Ottoman ceramics industry in Iznik (second half of the 17th century, c.1650-1675). The area around the man is filled with flowers. The first evidence of figurative depictions … Continue reading

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Iznik Tile -Top Table about 1560. This kind of tables were used for resting trays full with food and drinks, for the guests in Ottoman palaces. This table is from the Islamic collection of the V&A museum. The Victoria and … Continue reading

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Iznik tiles panel with the depiction of the Kaaba, in the central courtyard of the vast Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca (Benaki Islamic Museum). Kaaba, the most sacred place on earth for Muslims, is a square shrine covered by a black … Continue reading

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Iznik tile dated from 1706 (early 18th c.) with the footprints of the prophet Muhammad. These are the footprints left by the Prophet before his miraculous night journey from Jerusalem to the heavens. Above the rock on which he stepped … Continue reading

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Iznik fish-shaped ceramic, possibly candlestick, dated from c. 1525. Arthur Lane introduced the name “Abraham of Kutahya” for the first phase of the blue and white ceramics of Iznik, relying on two items, an ewer and a flask of AD … Continue reading

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This beautiful ‘grape’ motif (three grapes that imitates the decoration of 15th c. Chinese plates) was adapted and used by the Iznik potters for more than a century from its first appearance in the early 16th c. The plate belongs … Continue reading

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Stunning and well recognized motif from an Iznik plate, with brilliant combination of cobalt blue, olive-green and red colors. From the late 15th century, the city of Iznik (Byzantine Nicaea) became the most important provider of luxurious ceramic vessels and … Continue reading

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