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1 / Converging Cultures

Dish with Grape Design
Dish with Grape Design
Artist / Origin Unknown artist, Iznik, Turkey
Region: West Asia
Date Ottoman period, late 16th century
Material Stone-paste painted under colorless glaze
Medium: Ceramics
Dimensions H: 2 5/8 in. (5.9 cm.), W: 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm).
Location Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Credit Courtesy of the Freer Gallery or Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

expert perspective

Ladan AkbarniaAssociate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Dish with Grape Design

» Unknown artist, Iznik, Turkey

expert perspective

Ladan Akbarnia Ladan Akbarnia Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Brooklyn Museum

Throughout time in the Islamic world, there has been this association of China with all things beautiful, with a high standard of excellence, high standard of skill, beauty, and this is reflected in the literature. And it’s no surprise then that there would be this interest in Chinese wares, such as porcelains. There were also attempts in the Islamic world to imitate the production of Chinese porcelain, but they couldn’t figure out exactly how that was done.

Around the twelfth century or so, artisans and craftsmen in the Islamic world developed a new type of ceramic known as fritware, which actually allowed the potters to create a base that would be white instead of this earthy or buff color. And that allowed them to imitate Chinese porcelain more closely. And that was a huge development for them.” 


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