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POT 1584
POT 1584

Flask

POT 1584

 Iznik, Turkey

circa 1560–80 

POT 1584

Flask

POT 1584

 Iznik, Turkey

circa 1560–80 

stonepaste body, decorated underglaze in black, blue, green and bole red

46 x 22.8cm

The tall flask is exceptionally thinly potted; the curious incised lines under the glaze were caused when the surface of the pot was wiped smooth before decoration. The repeated floral sprays, of alternating hyacinths and prunus blossom, vary considerably in their details, indicating that the decoration was applied free-hand. The shape and painted flutes at the base of the neck copy contemporary Venetian glass flasks, which were imported into Istanbul in large quantities at the time.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.372, pp.314–15.