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Bowl: C.133-1935

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Potter: Unknown

Entities

Categories

Description

Fritware, coated in a white glaze and painted in blue, turquoise, purple, red, black and flesh tones and gilded

Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white glaze painted in the glaze in blue, turquoise and purple and over the glaze in red, black and flesh tones and leaf gilded.
Shape: hemispherical bowl with collared rim and a low foot ring
Interior: rim is painted with a blue dentillated pattern above a black band of pseudo-calligraphy painted on a blue background. On the body, a courtly scene comprised a central enthroned figure surrounded by seated humans, harpies, birds and sphinx, two of which have a wolf’s head on their tale. An arabesque is painted between the two pairs of sphinx and a series of inverted ‘V’ shapes and pointed leaves are painted above each human figure. All this decoration is outlined in black and embellished with typical ‘minai’ colours of blue, turquoise, black, red and purple with gilding particularly evident on the garments of the enthroned figure.
Exterior: a blue band is barely visible on the rim, on the upper body an Arabic inscription (cursive) is painted in black. The glaze runs unevenly over the foot ring

Notes

History note: Frank Brangwyn RA, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.7 cm
Weight: 360 g
Width: 20.4 cm

Relative size of this object

20.4 cm8.7 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1935) by Brangwyn, Frank

Dating

Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1180 - 1219

School or Style

Seljuk

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black)
Interior composed of pigment ( blue, turquoise and purple (in glaze); red, black and flesh tones (over-glaze)) gold leaf ( gilding used to embellish small areas) glaze ( white, crazed)
Exterior composed of glaze ( white, crazed, runs unevenly over the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 20.4 cm
Base Diameter 8.4 cm

Materials used in production

Fritware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, coated in a white, crazed glaze painted in the glaze in blue, turquoise and purple and over the glaze in red, black and flesh tones and leaf gilded.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on the upper body an inscription is painted in black

  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: black band of calligraphy (possibly pseudo-calligraphy) painted on a blue background

  • Location: Interior neck
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: pink rectangular label with serrated edge

  • Text: "239" (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior body
  • Method of creation: Printed in black, hand written in pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edge around bottom and right hand edge

  • Text: "LENT BY" (printed in black) /Brangwyn (typed in purple) /"No." (printed) "45" (hand written in black); "106 " (hand written in pencil and framed with a circle)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed, typed, hand written
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.133-1935
Primary reference Number: 138557
Old accession number: 4-1935
Old object number: G.ADD 59
Old number: BP.45
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 July 2021 Last processed: Saturday 3 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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