Arts of the Islamic World
Shared motifs and designs in the art of diverse cultures along the Silk Route
provide some of the most visible evidence of cultural transmission between
China and the Islamic world. Through trade, tribute, gift exchange, and the
spread of religions such as Buddhism, Manichaeism, Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam, imagery associated with one artistic tradition was often adapted
or incorporated in another cultural context.
A blue-and-white Iranian dish with Chinese cloud collar motifs illustrates how motifs evolved or were reinterpreted. The blue-and-white inspiration from China underwent several transformations in Iran as well as in the
Ottoman Empire, where designs were combined with new colors and motifs to
create the celebrated Iznik style of ceramics.
Ceramic; stone paste, painted in blue and turquoise under a transparent colorless glaze
2 5/16 x 11 7/16 in. (5.8 x 29 cm)
Diameter at foot: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Thickness of rim: 3/16 in. (0.5 cm) (show scale)
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