18. Iznik – Fish Shaped

Iznik 16th - Benaki Islamic Museum Athens Greece

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 1510 and 1529, with Armenian inscriptions (from Goldman’s collection, now in the British Museum). Lane considered that these ceramics were the work of Armenian craftsmen at Iznik, but recent researches have shown that these objects came from Kütahya, another pottery producing town, in which the Armenian potters were playing a major role. During the evolution of Iznik pottery, there were various phases and styles and sometimes a combination of them. In this picture, we can notice the thin scrollwork on the back and belly of the fish, which is an introduction of the new “Golden Horn ware” or Tuğra style.

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