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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.

MEDIUM Ceramic; stone paste, painted in blue and turquoise under a transparent colorless glaze
DATES 18th century
DYNASTY Ottoman Empire
PERIOD Ottoman Period
DIMENSIONS 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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION Dish, 18th century. 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). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.32. Creative Commons-BY
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