The Golden Horn Dish created in the 16th century is an early Inzik piece that reveals how Ottoman artisans adopted and transformed Chinese ceramic motifs into something radically new. Inzik ceramics was initially created to meet the demands of the Ottoman sultans who highly prized Chinese ceramics. It was during the height of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 16th century in the town of Inzik (modern day Turkey) that Inzik ceramics were produced. The majority of items produced were decorative tiles and ceramic goods such as flat dishes with symmetrical floral patterns. The color palette transformed from just blue and white to also include turquoise and later a dark red (Denny).
This dish was created in the early 16th century during the peak of the Inzik ceramics production in a vastly different cultural climate than the Dish with Two intertwined Dragons. The design is called tugrakes spirals or the golden horn motif since many examples of the design have been found near an inlet called the Golden Horn near Istanbul. The tondino dish form has a wide flat brim and a small deep center (Denny). The spirals are darker and more concentrated towards the outer edge where they merge with a solid blue line of glaze around the edge. The undecorated center section divides the interior and edge decoration by two thin blue lines. The pure whiteness of the center section breaks up the concentrated intensity of the layered tugrakes spirals.
The Golden Horn Tondino can be seen as a conclusive piece of pottery in the adoption and modification of Chinese blue and white porcelain by Islamic artisans.