Iznik Jug 16th c. – KL Islamic Museum Malaysia

Iznik 16th - KL Islamic Museum Malaysia

Iznik 16th – 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 a deep chocolate brown. The colors were used both for the painted details and in some cases as a ground color. It was however a short lived phase with only the red to continue after about 1975 (IZNIK, The pottery of Ottoman Turkey, Arthur Lane 1989). The beautiful jug in the photo in blue with red details is in the Islamic Museum in KL Malaysia dated near 1960.

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