Part of the Illuminating Objects series: On display from 6 November 2013
This beautifully decorated dish was bequeathed to The Courtauld in 1966. It was made between 1560 and 1565 in the Ottoman city of Iznik (North-West Anatolia). The dish has a remarkable symmetrical pattern. It displays distinctive bole-red carnations and blossoms in harmony with the cobalt blue and turquoise tulips and hyacinths.
This Illuminating Object case study aims to use evidence from 16th-century lyrical poetry, travel narratives and mystical meditations to offer an interpretation of the symbolic and cultural meanings of the floral motifs on this Iznik dish.
The project is delivered by Laila El-Sayed with grateful acknowledgement to Prof. Donna Landry, University of Kent, and Prof. Mehmet Kalpakli, Department of History, Bilkent University, Turkey, as part of an inter-university Internship Programme, in partnership with research students from a variety of disciplines and institutions including SOAS, King’s College London, the University of Kent in Canterbury, Imperial College and University College London.
The project is delivered as part of an inter-university Internship Programme, in partnership with research students from a variety of disciplines and institutions including SOAS, King’s College London, the University of Kent in Canterbury, Imperial College and University College London.
Prof. Donna Landry, University of Kent;
Prof. Mehmet Kalpakli, Department of History, Bilkent University, Turkey
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