A masterpiece of Central Asian ceramic art, made famous in the small town of Rishtan, in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. Believed to have been developed in the 14th century on the orders of Timur to imitate the blue-and-white Chinese cobalt porcelain, the potters of Rishtan found the local Fergana clay a wonderful replacement for Chinese kaolin. They also discovered the secret dye ishkor which gives Rishtan pottery its brilliant blue-green glaze, said to bring alive the colours of the earth and sky.
This platter is the creation of Alisher Nazirov, a master ceramist and founder of the acclaimed Usto-Shogird (master craftsman) school, and is signed on the rim. Although his works reflect traditional nature-inspired ornamentation, this platter interestingly reverses traditional border and central field patterning. Notice how plant/floral motifs (commonly reserved for the centre) fill the border and geometrised shapes (commonly seen in borders) are given centrestage.