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Islamic fritware dish with a shoal of fish

Image attached to OC.166-1946

An image of Islamic Pottery. Dish. Unknown potter, Iran, probably Kashan. Shape: conical bowl with a low foot ring and a plain rim. Interior: on the rim a dentillated pattern is painted in lustre. A dense shoal of fish is painted on the body, swimming in a whorl around the roundel which contains a rosette with overlapping petals. Both fish and rosette are painted in reserve against a lustred background into which scrolls are incised on the body. Exterior: a dentillated pattern, of larger scale than that on the interior, is painted on the rim. On the body ‘ear muff’ style palmettes are painted in reserve against a lustred background, below which a pair of lustre concentric lines mark the edge of decoration. Glaze runs unevenly onto the foot ring. Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown and painted in brown pigment and lustre under or over a white glaze, height, whole, 12 cm, width, whole, 45.7 cm, diameter, base, 22.8 cm, circa 1260-circa 1350. Il-Khanid. Notes: Possible that a large section of the decoration was added in recent times.

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Islamic Pottery. Dish. Unknown potter, Iran, probably Kashan. Shape: conical bowl with a low foot ring and a plain rim. Interior: on the rim a dentillated pattern is painted in lustre. A dense shoal of fish is painted on the body, swimming in a whorl around the roundel which contains a rosette with overlapping petals. Both fish and rosette are painted in reserve against a lustred background into which scrolls are incised on the body. Exterior: a dentillated pattern, of larger scale than that on the interior, is painted on the rim. On the body ‘ear muff’ style palmettes are painted in reserve against a lustred background, below which a pair of lustre concentric lines mark the edge of decoration. Glaze runs unevenly onto the foot ring. Pinkish fritware, wheel thrown and painted in brown pigment and lustre under or over a white glaze, height, whole, 12 cm, width, whole, 45.7 cm, diameter, base, 22.8 cm, circa 1260-circa 1350. Il-Khanid. Notes: Possible that a large section of the decoration was added in recent times.

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  • Accession Number: OC.166-1946
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/11.0
  • Focal length: 47.3
  • Camera: GFX 50S
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 942 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 1.04MB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 11/1
  • Captured: 2018:01:04 00:49:49

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13th Century 14th Century dish fish fritware glazed Il-khanate Il-Khanid Ilkhanate Iranian Islamic Kashan Style lustre lustre ware lustreware overglaze pottery rosette shoal of fish thrown underglaze

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